CA residents worry about forecast

More heavy rain, high winds, forecast for region recently damaged by floods

CAPITOLA, CA | March 31, 2011

Two flash floods in three days damaged homes and businesses in this California coastal town.
Credit: Jacob Bourne

Residents of this central California beach city continuing to clean up following last week's flooding, worry that the weekend forecast may bring more misery.

The National Weather Service said a developing storm could bring more heavy rain and wind this weekend.

Flash floods on Thursday and Saturday sent more than two-feet of water through Capitola, destroying two mobile homes and damaging as many as 30 others in the Pacific Cove Mobile Home Park. The flooding, caused by the failure of a storm drain pipe, also damaged other homes and businesses and flooded the city's police station.

All 26 year-round residents of the mobile home park were still out of their homes at the end of the month. Local churches including Aptos United Methodist Church were aiding survivors while civic and business organizations are raising money to help survivors.

"There's a lot of angels out there in our community," said Ann Schroedel, a member of the park's homeowners association who has become the unofficial spokesperson for the community. Many of the residents are elderly and or have special needs, she reported.

According to a spokesperson for the City of Capitola, public works employees hope to have the pipeline replaced before the next round of storms hit the region.

Located about an hour south of San Jose, the community is located in a river valley on the Monterey Bay.

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