Stationary thunderstorm caused Butte County flooding

Action News Now reports on late afternoon flooding that caused streets to close in Butte County on Saturday

Posted: Apr 20, 2019 6:46 PM
Updated: Apr 21, 2019 12:16 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Areas of Butte County are flooding after a strong thunderstorm planted itself just south of the city of Chico before heading towards Oroville.

The video with this story shows heavy rain in downtown Chico at approximately 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. It also shows flooding on Estates Drive off of Highway 99.

One Butte County resident is even seen kayaking on Estates Drive and children are playing on the closed street. 

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) also shut down part of Spanish Gardens off of the Skyway between Chico and Paradise due to heavy flooding.

Action News Now reporter Luna Nas reported live from Estates Drive. She said several cars had gotten stuck in the flood waters and one person had to be rescued.

Nas said cars are still not being allowed on Estates Drive.

Chief Meteorologist Kris Kuyper shared his "First Weather" report on the flooding at the top of our 6:00 p.m. newscast. He said the stormy conditions will disspate overnight and predicted a sunny and mild Easter.

He said low pressure moving through northern California sparked rain showers everywhere, and thunderstorms in the afternoon in the Sacramento Valley. The storms produced small hail and locally heavy rain. The flooding occurred in Butte County because one of the thunderstorms on the south side of Chico and in Durham became stationary for a period of time.

Kuyper said between one inch and three inches of rain fell causing the localized flooding.

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