Crews cleaning debris from floods, city requests people stay off River Parkway Trail until debris is cleaned up
Monday, Dec. 3 — Recent heavy rains resulted in approximately 18 flood-related incidents in both the city and the county, according to a press release from the Emergency Operations Center.
According to the press release, most incidents were localized with limited damage and any widespread effects were either mitigated or occurred in non-populated areas.
Two crews from the Emergency Operations Center have been assigned to clean up debris along the old railroad track by the mill, the Johnstonville Dam and Big Sky Boulevard.
On Sunday, Dec. 2, James Moore, battalion chief with the Susanville Fire Department, adjusts the discharge valve on a high-capacity pump that removed water from a storm drain and into the Susan River. Photo by Ruth Ellis
The rains also kept city staff busy during the past weekend.
In an email, City Administrator Jared Hancock said, “The City of Susanville expresses its appreciation to the community for their outstanding response during the recent storm events.”
According to Hancock, during the storms, city crews were mobilized and necessary preparations were put in place including the placement of a K-Rail barrier and sandbags along Carroll Street and other low lying areas within the city. Inmate crews were brought in to assist with the filling and placement of sandbags in potential flood areas.
Hancock said the storm system moved more slowly than first forecasted and the Susan River crested around 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 2 at approximately 13.2 feet (as recorded by the measuring station at the Lassen Street Bridge) and receded below flood stage by 2 p.m. that day.
Hancock said there was some localized flooding and the city was able to respond quickly to those areas.
“Staff did a great job keeping drains clear, addressing localized flooding and making other emergency preparations. Crews will be out during the next few days assessing potential damage to property, bridges and other flood-prone areas.
According to Hancock, city staff requests the public remain off the River Parkway Trail until the areas are cleared of debris, and the barricades are removed.
If you are still experiencing flood-related issues, call City Hall at 257-1000 and you will be directed to the appropriate department.
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