Oakland household blames Caltrans for recurring dwelling flooding throughout current storms – CBS San Francisco

OAKLAND (KPIX 5) – An East Bay family points their finger at Caltrans after their home was flooded multiple times during recent storms.

For the third time in seven weeks, Theresa Mendoza from Oakland pumps water from her basement. The waterline is two meters up the wall.

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Mendoza said the culprit was a Caltrans drainage ditch and culvert off Interstate 580 that runs along their back fence. In the 2000s, she began filing tickets with the agency to clean the area of ​​vegetation and debris.

The system worked pretty well, the house stayed dry, Mendoza recalled.

“2018, 2019 – they got a new system and closed my cleaning requests. In the face of the pandemic, nothing has been done in 2020 or 2021 to close the ditch, “Mendoza told KPIX 5.

Then on October 24th came the atmospheric river that flooded the basement. The rain event on Monday did the same, and then the pouring rain on Wednesday night.

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Flood in the basement of Theresa Mendoza’s house. The Oakland resident has blamed Caltrans for the repeated flooding that did not clear debris in a culvert behind her home. (CBS)

“I’ve called Caltrans several times since the October event. I have no answer, ”said Mendoza.

While KPIX 5 cameras were on site on Thursday afternoon, a Caltrans crew finally showed up.

Mendoza hopes things will change and she won’t have to keep hiring sump pumps.

“I want Caltrans to take responsibility and get to the root of the problem. Clearing the trench right behind my house is a temporary solution – because the problem seems to stem from something in the culvert below, ”she said.

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A Caltrans spokesperson told KPIX 5 that they are now aware of the problem and are investigating it.

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