Sunday, December 31, 2006


In a continuing sad story the folks in Woodside deal with periodic flooding and every winter brings sleepless nights. It is a problem with no clear answer presented in this story, though a good overview and history is presented.

Still a nightmare
One year ago, the Woodside condominiums were flooded by a creek that time and again has been a source of high anxiety to residents. As they watch another rainy season begin, it's ...
By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Sunday, December 31, 2006

Judy Lambert's flood dreams began last month: She walks downstairs and water is rising outside, murky and pressing against the sliding glass doors in her living room.

She wakes as it starts to force its way in -- just as it did on the final day of 2005.

One year ago today, Northern California was blasted by a storm that threatened levees from Woodland to the Delta and swelled the Sacramento River to heights not seen in years.

The 11-day pounding spread misery from the wine country to the Sierra as the Napa and Russian rivers overflowed, a massive mudslide closed Interstate 80, and flood officials scrambled to shore up levees against boils, seepage and wind-driven waves.

Yet all in all, the Sacramento region escaped largely unscathed from one of its wettest Decembers on record.

The Woodside condominiums were an exception, flooded by a creek that time and again has hit the overwhelmed neighborhood, where Lambert and her husband, John Locke, make their home.