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Camp Chaffee residents no longer up a creek

Editor's note: This article was revised March 29 at 11:28 a.m. to reflect updated information.
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Photo by Anna Howard
The crossing on Camp Chaffee Road during a storm March 21.
Perry Van Houten, Ojai Valley News reporter
For the time being, residents of Camp Chaffee don't have to worry about getting in and out of their tiny Foster Park community.
Unlike a year ago, when the dry weather crossing on Camp Chaffee Road — the only public road into the neighborhood — was submerged beneath enough water to stop and disable a vehicle.
A Feb. 17, 2017 storm, that dropped approximately 7 inches of rain, caused debris flows that backed up Coyote Creek and inundated the crossing for several weeks, making life miserable for the approximately 20 residents of the rural community.
One year and $107,000 later, the creek is flowing under the roadway and the crossing is high and dry.

Ojai Valley News video by Perry Van Houten

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