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SACRAMENTO-

A giant claw grabbed tons of dry, crackled leaves, scooping them into a dump truck to tote them away from the storm drains.

One-hundred-and-fifty pumps under Sacramento streets, moved the swelling water that would normally cause flooding, and filtered it out to countless creeks in the surrounding areas.

Rick Steven’s home backs into Arden Creek. He’s lived there when the creek’s overflowed, pouring into their homes.

“When it starts hitting the concrete wall, we know we only have 3-1/2 feet left,” Stevens said, pointing to the wall in his back yard, erected by the county after the big flood in the mid-90’s.

“I looked at the creek, at the first time, at about 3, and it was just about to the levee. And this was during the hard rans in ’95. And then I looked at it about 8 o’clock in the evening, and by then it was half way up the wall,” neighbor Tim Hughes said.

And that’s just in a five-hour period.

Imagine what’ll look like after days of constant rain.

“Arden Creek is the main drain system for all of Sacramento creeks. So, it gets a lot of water,” Stevens added.