Communities brace for flooding as Bass Lake dam reaches spill level

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PG&E issued a warning of possible flooding Wednesday as Bass Lake’s Crane Valley Dam reaches spill levels.

Spokesman Denny Boyles said it could happen Wednesday or Thursday, and people living by nearby waterways should be prepared.

Janet Asten who lives in North Fork and has experienced flooding before said she knows it’s time to go when the water hits her steps “but I will stand my ground on my property until it hits the bottom steps,” she said. 

She’s lived along Willow Creek for 25 years and said she’s been through three floods, and is not preparing for a possible fourth. 

“So what we’re seeing right now with the heavy rain fall in the mountains the reservoir at Bass Lake is reaching the point where it will start to spill,” Boyles said. 

Boyles said when the water reaches the spillway it will head to the streams and rise gradually. “Most of the residents who are going to experience this localized flooding will have experienced it before,” he said. 

Asten said she lost her house in the second flood, and now no insurance companies want to take the risk.

“Now we cannot afford insurance — After the total loss of the home there’s no one that will carry us anymore. So, if it floods we lose our home,” she said.

She said she now keeps anything precious to her in a storage unit, and makes sure to take all her pictures out of the house when it’s in danger of flooding. She said there’s nothing she and her neighbors can do now but wait. 
 

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