Rushing Waters Send CA Residents Streaming from Homes

The Santa Cruz Sentinel says a large water pipe that ruptured underneath a factory-built housing community, followed by drenching rains, damaged several homes and drove all 26 residents from the flooded community in Capitola, California.   The March 24 drenching forced an elderly man to climb a hill behind his home to escape the rising water, and a human chain was formed to rescue him.   Many of the residents are receiving free room at a local motel, but numerous food and clothing stores, service organizations, churches and individuals have stepped forward with contributions of food, clothing, and other necessities.  Employees of a concrete and an electrical company have been working to clear the debris.  Several of the residents are elderly and require caregivers.  The city has offered to pick up the motel’s tab through April 29.

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