Reporting Anjali Hemphill
ROSEVILLE (CBS13) – In Roseville, flooding has been a problem in the past. Fortunately, this year no homes really had any significant damage.
The city says creeks like flooded over 350 homes in 1995, but while it was a close call Sunday, they were able to keep the water within its banks.
Water from Linda Creek rushed rapidly toward homes in Roseville and got a little too close for comfort. Some people were even seen kayaking through their neighborhood.
“(The water) came up six inches inside the garage,” said Shawn Murphy.
Murphy and his family moved into their home just weeks ago. Now some of their most personal and prized possessions, like their wedding picture, are all wet.
“Our garage is still full of boxes, pictures, books, and it was all over the floor,” said Murphy. “Now that stuff is ruined, at least a bunch of it is.”
Their backyard was also flooded, sending most of the brand new landscaping down a drain.
“Everything was going in it — trash and sheet metal, all sorts of stuff,” said Murphy.
But he was one of the few unlucky ones. Most people who live near Linda Creek have seen the flooding along Champion Oaks Drive much worse than this.
“We did some channel excavation. We constructed flood walls, some berms, installed bypass coverts underground to handle storm water,” said Rhon Herndon, Roseville Public Works.
They also purchased and removed some homes along Hurst Way that were too close to Linda Creek. The city says since the last big flood of 1995, they’ve made $20 million in flood improvements around the city.
“If we would have gotten today’s storm without constructing flood control improvements, and purchasing and removing some houses, we would have had homes with water in them,” said Herndon.
The city says creeks did rise above warning level but never reached critical flood stage.