One spot hit hardest by this week’s rain storm is the Camarillo Springs Burn area.
The people who live in the more than 50 homes that back up against the charred hillside were evacuated for several hours on Tuesday. They were able to return home after six Tuesday evening, but most returned home Wednesday morning.
The residents in the area were pleasantly surprised with how the Camarillo Springs neighborhood held up during the storm.
“The streets are so much cleaner, we feel so much more protected,” said Hal Hyman the morning after being evacuated.
“We were relieved when we got here this morning, to see that the streets were not blocked and no further damage was done to any structure. Henry and Mim took a terrible hit on their house and fortunately that has not happened to anybody else,” said Camarillo Springs resident Joe Nasta.
The Halloween storm completely destroyed one home and severely damaged others.
To make sure nothing like that happened again, city and county organizations placed sandbags and barriers around the neighborhood. They also cleared storm drains.
Those that live in the area say this hillside was never a problem before the Springs fire of May 2013.
“We had big rains before. We have been here for 14 years and we have never had debris flows before the fire,” said Nasta.