KITTREDGE - A severe storm Monday night caused a flood and mudslide in Kittredge, about two miles northeast of Evergreen. It led to road closures and property damage, including a church in the small community.
It appeared to be a typical, early evening rain, when anything regular went rushing away.
"I've never seen it rain as hard as it rained," Sandy Nadeau said. "It just came down in sheets."
More than an inch of rain in the first 15 minutes hit Kittredge with little warning. However, it's what followed the rain that made the biggest mark.
A wall of water gushed down through town, breaking branches and cracking pavement. The Kittredge Community Bible Church, where Nadeau is a member, was right in line with the flash flood.
"It's probably 30 feet wide going down the hill and into the creek," Nadeau said. "It picked up hunks [of debris] and moved it on top of the rest of the asphalt. It had to be just unbelievable coming down."
The rush of water delivered a blow to the church's foundation. The church also took on some water damage but nothing major.
"This is going to be a pretty bad setback for us," Nadeau remarked. "We don't know how to fix it, what to do, where the money's going to come from."
Elizabeth Kemp was on the other side of the slide. She saw it coming.
"It was pouring down over the road, into the river," Kemp said. "There were whole parts of trees coming down the river."
Bear Creek was all that stood between her and the flow of rising water.
"It was raging just over the rocks and over the side [of the water's edge]," Kemp said.
Kemp cleared out in time but what she witnessed was enough.
"Seeing what water can do, yeah it's pretty frightening," she said. "You don't see the power it has, and it's raging down the river. It can hurt somebody."
Kittredge Community Bible Church will hold services as planned Sunday morning. Members do say they're fortunate the flood did not happen at a time when their parking lot was full.
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