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Yuba City Floods (1955) (Updated over a year ago)

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I was 4 1/2 years old living on Feather River blvd. and remember walking to the top of the levee and looking down and the water was about 3 feet below the top.. we were evacuated because the levee was thought to fail..  we were taken in by a Family in Wheatland, the Pankey's.. The best giving and loving Family i ever met..

My dad, a crop duster at Sutter County Airport, was one of the many men working on the levy until it started to fail around midnight. At 12:30 a.m. door-to-door evacuations began. My mother got my three sisters and me out of bed, grabbed the clothes we'd worn the day before off the foot of our beds, and a stack of diapers for the youngest, still a baby and met my dad in the driveway to load us into the car. i remember driving away from our house and the water was rushing toward us so my dad quickly turned the car in the opposite direction following the mass evacuation out of Yuba City. We lost our house that had just closed escrow barely a month prior, pretty much everything in it and because the airport sat below the levy at the confluence of the Feather and Yuba dad was pretty sure that he didn't have a job to return to.  But what is foremost in my memory is the kindness and generosity of friends, relatives, and perfect strangers. My mother never lamented our loss but always said we were among the fortunate that survived.

The water was overtaking our house as we packed as much into our car as possible. Our parents plus us three kids, and our cat, Captain Midnight. The Christmas tree had been surrounded by presents and mom and dad said, no matter what, we were going to have our Christmas. So, they put as many presents as possible into the car.

One of us rolled down a window, and Captain Midnight (who was frightened about being in the car) jumped out. He was gone. I still miss him. He was so scared, as were we.

I don't remember where we went for shelter. Dad was in the Air Force, so I imagine we were more fortunate than others.

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