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Heavy rain in California traps motorists, inundates homes

April 3, 2019

CHICO, Calif. (AP) — A thunderstorm that dumped more than 4 inches (2.5 centimeters) of rain in 24 hours flooded several areas of the Northern California city of Chico.

The rain trapped motorists in flash floods and inundated homes and businesses and several university buildings.

California State University Chico officials say some buildings suffered minor flooding Tuesday but there was no significant damage. Officials say classes have not been affected.

Chico meteorologist Will Farr tells the Enterprise Record the storm dropped more than an inch of rain within 15 minutes Tuesday evening at one spot.

In one street, as much as 2 feet (0.6 meters) of water was reported Tuesday night.

No injuries were reported but California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Warner says a woman was shaken up after her car spun out before crashing.

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Information from: Chico Enterprise-Record, http://www.chicoer.com

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