Camp Chaffee residents tapped for flood repair costs

091317 pvh camp chaffee road sept. 2017
Ojai Valley News photo by Perry Van Houten
A sign informs Camp Chaffee residents of the need to raise funds to fix the dry-weather crossing into the small community.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
Seven months after flooding from heavy rains inundated the only public road into the tiny Foster Park community of Camp Chaffee, there's still standing water across the roadway.
It's a drop in the bucket compared to the volume of water that flooded 100 feet of the roadway and made it impassable following seven inches of rain Feb. 17, but the problem that created the flooding is still there.
The storm caused a flash flood that brought down mud, rocks and debris from Red Mountain blocking a storm channel, sending runoff onto Casitas Vista Road through a resident’s front yard and then into Coyote Creek.
The debris caused the creek to back up, submerging Camp Chaffee Road and cutting off residents on the creek's north side.
Residents of Camp Chaffee recently got an update regarding the flooded road crossing at Coyote Creek and efforts to fix the problem.
People in the community of approximately 40 homes received a letter dated Aug. 29 from Ventura County District 1 Supervisor Steve Bennett saying that $200,000 in grant funding from the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) had been approved to clear the creek of the sediment that's causing standing water on the road.
The letter also stated that Camp Chaffee residents needed to raise matching funds so the channel clearing project could start by the middle of September.

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