Cabazon Residents Sruggle with Aftermath of Flooding
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CABAZON - Residents in Cabazon are still reeling from the flood devastation that hit them Friday afternoon. Many homes were flooded and personal belongings destroyed. "I love it out here but now my husband, since this happened, he was saying last night that he don't really want to live here anymore,” says Cabazon resident Maryann Chavez. Her house was flooded with mud and rain, one of the hardest hit houses on Hattie Ave. in Cabazon.
Items lay submerged in the front yard. Muddy shoes and clothes are laying in the wake of the thunderstorm in the backyard; and footprints of the homeowner in the mud are visible as they try to piece back their house. For Chavez, the torrential downpour meant more than just a ruined home. "It's just awful. I almost lost my puppy. I came home and his head was just sticking out of the dirt and my other dog was trying to help take her out but couldn't because it just sucks you in,” says Chavez.
One of Chavez’s closest friends Carol Crossan was there the night before but came back in the morning to help. "I've lived here 25 years and I’ve never seen Hattie flood like this,” says Crossan.
Chavez says when she arrived home Friday night, the flooding, mud and foam (from the recent fires) was in full force. "Last night it was up to our knees when we came back here,” says Chavez. Crossan remembers when she first arrived at the house and saw the damage. "I started trying to get into their house but I couldn't. I ended losing both my shoes in the dirt,” says Crossan.
A family staple was also ruined by the storm. "The old "58 Ford Station Wagon, his pride and joy, it's just over there now sitting in mud,” says Crossan. She looks at the hardening mud in the front yard and realizes swift action is in order. "If that get's hard, it's going to stay that way because it will turn to cement. I mean, I have black in my hair from where I was splashed with water and mud and I shampooed four times last night!" says Crossan.
Chavez realizes much of this tragedy was out of her control. "It's just nature,” she says. But they both realize how lucky they are to live in a community that cares. "Thank god for friends and neighbors, you know,” says Chavez. "They can say what they want about our town Cabazon but let me tell you when the chips are down, these guys are here,” says Crossan.