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Citrus Heights trailer park residents clean up after Arcade Creek floods their community

7:14 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - Victims of flooding at the Auburn Villa Trailer Park are rushing to clean up the mess before the next round of storms hit.

The water has receded but the devastation has never felt more real. Belongings were piled up outside homes and folks are now seeing the true magnitude of the damage and exactly what they have lost.

"And he keeps pulling things out more and more all the time and I'm like, 'oh, no. Another big pile.' It's awful," Sue Housh said. "And so many of the things are things you can't replace. They're gone."

Water reached up to 4 feet in some parts of the trailer park. Sandbags couldn't stop the fast- rising and fast- moving waters once Arcade Creek overtopped its banks.

"It came over like a waterfall," Dale Bulmer said. "An act of God you might say. It was pretty devastating. It happened just like that."

Several cars that didn't make it to higher ground are ruined. Sixteen homes were flooded. Some others were spared but the water still got dangerously close.

"The people we had bought this from had raised it as high as you see it," Penny Hook said. "Because they flooded out at one point and we just left it up here. It saved our bacon."

Residents are now racing against time as they rushing to clean up, dry out, and save what they can.

"And we've got to get things done before the next rain," Housh said. "So you know you are kind of under the gun that way, too."

The California Housing and Community Development Department and American Red Cross also assessed the damage. The Red Cross said it continues to help two families with food and lodging.

by Siemny Chhoun,


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