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South Sacramento Dries Out And Prepares For Next Round Of Storms

Bridget Lasso loads up her trailer with sand bags. She says her boss' home was an inch away from flooding last week.


Some homes and property in south Sacramento have not yet dried out from last week's storms, and more rain is on the way.

Bridget Lasso works on a ranch near Lambert and Franklin and is loading up her trailer with sand bags. She says her boss's home was an inch away from flooding last week.

"It was really deep in some spots and it was so quick," says Lasso. "I was there for a couple, three hours maybe, and the water went up like three inches."

Patti Collins lives nearby. Her well is fouled with pastureland flood water. She's worried about the health of her goats, Lilly and Abby.

"Everything's bottled water right now," says Collins. "They've been grazing a little bit. I'm kind of leery because it's all sewage water I think."

Sacramento County has made veterinarians available to assess the health of animals in the area.

Collins has lived in the area for three years and had never met her neighbor, Mario Penagos until he drove into the yard offering help. He guessed correctly that Patti's well was fouled.

"You treat it with Chlorox Bleach, about a gallon," he says. "And then you open all the faucets, wait until you smell it, and then you let it set for 24 hours. And then you run it the next day and it should kill all the bacteria."

Penagos says he had to do the same thing in 1995 and 1986. 

Matt Robinson is with Sacramento County Department of Water Resources. He says the county is collecting as much information as possible about the effects of last week's storms.

"This will later on give us an opportunity to make models for future floods to make sure that we have a better idea of what happens when the flood waters hit -- what directions do they go, what areas were hit the hardest and how did the levees react in these situations," says Robinson.

South Sacramento had one outright levee failure at Snodgrass Slough and seeping water called boils on the Mokelumne River, Lost Slough, and Highway 160 levees. The county has spent the last couple of days repairing the breach to Snodgrass Slough. Tow trucks have also been removing flooded vehicles from the area.

Robinson says the incoming storm forecast includes low snow levels, which should help minimize pressure on the Mokelumne and Cosumnes Rivers.

For people who have been flooded, the county has information on mold abatement and well restoration on its environmental management page.  

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