Man rescues grandma, 93, from flooded Calilfornia mobile home park

Published On: Dec 03 2012 06:26:29 AM HST

Arcade Creek exploded over its banks Sunday morning, flooding out dozens of residents and prompting a dramatic rescue at a mobile home park.

Ruthie Coker was lifted through the thigh-high floodwaters by her grandson.

Despite the danger, she seemed in good spirits afterward.

"I'm doing fine," said Ruthie Coker, following the rescue. "It's these poor guys that had to haul me out of here."

The floodwaters raged, surrounded her home -- at the Villa Mobile Home Park in Citrus Heights -- and Coker's grandson knew he had to act fast.

"My grandma's 93 and completely blind," Bill Coker said. "She's safe now. My mom's coming to pick her up."

Other residents weren't so lucky.

David Trevino showed KCRA 3 his flooded-out trailer. In just 20 minutes, Arcade Creek swallowed up everything he owns.

"There's over 2 feet of water inside -- 2 feet of water," Trevino said.

He wasn't the only one dealing with damage.

"Everybody behind us has lost almost everything," mobile home resident Mike Page said. "Everybody's been evacuated. It's horrible. I've never seen anything like this in real life -- never."

A 40-foot oak tree along Auburn Boulevard was another casualty of the storm, which sent torrential rains and powerful winds through the region -- causing power outages for more than 20,000 customers.

Rising waters along Arcade Creek caused major flooding and traffic problems just behind the American River College. Winding Way was impassable, as the roadway collected at least 1 foot of water.

College officials were quick to survey the damage.

"It's definitely a concern, and my husband's the baseball coach, so we're kind of making sure all the facilities look OK," said Keri Jumelet, an equipment manager at the college.

But unlike the Villa Mobile Home Park, the college was spared.


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