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4A Wednesday, Nov. 21,2001 Environmental News Fea F I I By Will Fards Staff w er Rhonda Perkins was in her home in Storrie on Monday, Nov. 12, when the mid-morn- husband, was outside in a po- mg calm was shattered by an sition to view the flood as it explosion she later described immediately stopped up the as a "cannon shot" or a "vol- little bridge that was part of cano eruption." She rushed the walkway to the house, to her front door and looked flowed around that and up at the sedate .little creek struck the garage. that ran through the proper- This structure had a chan- ty to see a wide torrent of wa- nel underneath that normally ter, rock, tree roots and mud carried the small stream to a cascading down the moun- culvert, which runs under tainside. Highway 70 to the Feather Fearing for her safety, she River. "I thought the garage left the house and tried to de- and everything in it was go- termine an alternate route to ing to end up on the high- the highway in case the way," Loren said. "The force house and access way were of all that water and mud was destroyed. Fortunately, the huge." worst was already over and The garage remained, but the current radually abated the m ddy waters were di- over the next 15 minutes, verted Yr m their normal Loren Perkins, Rho da's flow, washed around the Photos submitted The flood that washed around the garage at Stonte in- undated Highway 70. Rhonda Perkins called 911 as soon as she realized her personal safety wasn't threat- building, took out the chain link fence bordering Storrie and dumped out onto High- way 70. At this.time, Rhonda realized there was no danger to her house and returned in- side to dial 911 and report hazardous road conditions. Enter the Caltrans crew from Pulga, who spent the next several hours cleaning up the road. They were not forced, however, to close the highway. The damage from the flood was mostly to Storrie's water system. There were broken pipes lying about that had been in the path of the flood. Sand and rocks were Everywhere. The electric motor that controlled Storrie's tram was buried in sand. The garage that was hit seems to be un- damaged, but a quarter was filled inches deep with sand. A golf cart in the driveway had sand up to its undercar- riage, and the Perkins' pas- senger car was also sitting in sand up to its rims. The 4foot waterfall of the little creek is now 30 feet high, and debris is piled up around the, once again, se- date stream. Fully half of the Perkins' front lawn is cov- ered with the same stuff. The Perkins' immediately began cleaning up the mess. Then Loren began to think The messi Sand, rocks, tree roots, branches, etc. Rhonda Perkins Just kept um cleaner handy. The fine sand that had been dumped on their property way into all corners of the Perkins' house as cleanup efforts progressed. " t > if! ened. The Pulga Caltrans crew responded Immediately and cleaned the mess off of the road. about finding the source of this sudden and violent flood. He walked up the steep mountainside and inspected the culvert that carried water from the creek under the ra il- road tracks. What he found was a cul- vert that was in very bad re- I pair. Water marks on the t north side of the tracks i | where the inlet of the culvert | was located indicated a large | pool of water had built up. c....c n... ,......J.J ""ide web .I Photos taken from the in- OLIII tll~ W(JIILI P/ U ,~ LA ~../J.J.,~ ........ .... ---- . .~4~iW~...4 slQe of [ne culvert snoweQ C;et your own -Mall aOOress where seams had been rup- , g ark /an _.,: tured, leaving ragged edges for debris to catch on. Photos also J f ..l. showed rocks filling up a quar- .... . - - I ter of the culvert's capacity. Unlimited access on local numoers I Perkins surmises that Additional fees and hook-up costs may apply | runoff from the upper slopes, See store [or #etat s which were badly damaged Perkins, Iooklag for the source of the sudden and violent flood that struClil day, Nov. 12, ended up at a culvert that ran under the railroad tracks What he found was a culvert half filled in some places, and water lines side that indicated to him that a large pool of water had formed. Perkins that the pressure from this pool is what caused the sudden flood. 61 Bradley St. Quincy Quincy Susanville Portola/Chester 283-2357 251-2357 1 (888) 832-235; FEATBE ER Postal Service: USPS (No. 188-550.) Periodicals postage paid at Quincy, CA. Published: Every Wednesday morning by Feather Publishing Co., Inc. Office Location and hours: 555 w. Main St., Quincy, CA 95971. Mailing address: PO, Box B, Quincy, CA 95971. 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Box B, Quincy, CA 95971 I | Please enter my eubecrlptlon foe ---.--- y~lm. | I ' I I ,. c .on=m y. I I.,.- I I I I I I I I stm, I I I .j I. m m ~mm ~ m m ~ m m am~ ~ mm m m~ ~ m m ass~ ~ m m m in last year's fire, picked up branches, rocks and tree roots, caught on the ragged edges of the culvert and cre- ated a blockage. A pool was formed, fed by the recent rainstorm, and the ever-building weight of water pressure finally caused a blowout. This is the same phenomenon that occurred at the Maple Leaf Tavern in the New Year's flood of 1997. Little Indian Creek was dammed up by debris carried downstream by the massive amount of runoff created by weeks of rain. When the im- promptu dam broke, the en- "I thought the garage was going to end up on the highway." Loren rie, as he watched a massive wall of water hit and flow around his came without warning, apparently from a blocked culvert that blew out on Nov. 12. tire area downstream was mettle in surviving the fire The Storrie filled with sand, gravel and named after their resort last treat is still parts of dead trees, as was the year. They are in the process None of the Maple Leaf itself, and High- of picking up the pieces and were damaged, way 70. getting on with their daily ter comes from a Loren and Rhonda Perkins routine, was not affected bYl have already proved their e uslness - we also carry - Holiday Stationary Party Invitations Accessories Personalized Gift Boxes Holiday Seals Gift Bags Napkins for Holiday Parties e The Feather River Bulletin (s3o)