Spring storm causes concern in burn areas

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SAN MARCOS, Calif. – As Friday’s spring storm moved up the coast, residents in San Marcos braced themselves for the impact.

“The more rain you get, the bigger chance of something major,” said Chuck Higby, who has lived in the Coronado Hills area for 25 years.

Last year, the hillside neighborhood was ravaged by wildfires. One year later, residents are still dealing with the devastation.

“We had major damage to our garage, about $250,000 of damage,” said Higby.

With the oncoming storm, Higby had his eye on the burn zones.

“We’ve already had some small mudslides up here,” said Higby. “I don’t know what to expect for later today.”

Down the hill, on the campus of California State University, San Marcos, Mangrum Track and Field is set for graduation, but no students would be walking across the stage.

“That’s a lot of people to be out in the rain, mud especially when you consider many guests will be elderly grandparents."

Some 2,600 students are set to graduate over the weekend. Three ceremonies scheduled for Friday were cancelled due to rain. It’s not the first time the University has delayed graduation.

“Last year, wildfires had caused the emergency evacuation of our campus for five days,” said Margaret Chantung, Director of Communication. “We’re happy at least no campus evacuation this year.”

The ceremonies have been rescheduled for Sunday.

“We do know it is a disappointment for our students who wanted to graduate today. There were a few that said they couldn’t make it now because of travel plans,” said Chantung.

Back up in Coronado Hills, as the storm approaches, residents are hoping for the best.

“I know there’s a lot of programs up here they’re taking out the dry brush, so I think it will be ok,” said Gino Estrada, a resident.

Higby can’t help but think that the girl who caused all the destruction only got a slap on the wrist.

“They’re talking about 100 hours of community service,” said Higby.

He said residents would deal with the devastation for years to come.

“I wonder if it were the judge’s house that burned down, what kind of decision would he have rendered?” he said.

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1 Comment

  • Injustice and the courts are soft on all but the decent hard working folks

    I think her summer break should be 14hr days helping people rebuild what she destroyed!

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