Rising Water Levels Cause Problems at Discovery Park

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SACRAMENTO --

The rain over the past couple of days has left quite a mess across the valley, with many rivers higher than they've been in years.

"Looks fantastic, we haven't seen the river like this in probably what, 10 years? It looks great," said Eric Johnson, who said he wanted to change his jogging route to take a look. "Short term, it's kind of crummy, but long term, all this water has got to be good for California."

Stacy Heard works for Training Towards Self Reliance, a nonprofit that helps adults with disabilities.

"And we were having a party out here next week, but obviously we can't have it because it's flooded."

Heard said this high water will dampen their Easter Sunday plans for an outside barbecue and egg hunt.

"It's going to be muddy, and we definitely don't want to get dirty," she said.

Out in rural Sacramento County, the rain fall has created a river where there wasn't one before. Parts of Deer Creek flowed over Scott Road, northwest of Rancho Murieta. Although signs told drivers to turn around, few listened.

With plenty of warnings that the river would be rising to the base of his house off Garden Highway in Sacramento, Gibson Howell knew he had to evacuate his garage.

"We've got websites from the government that give us pretty good insights of how high it's going to go up, and we usually get about a week's notice," Howell said. "Rented a truck with a lift gate, loaded it all up there, drove the truck up there and loaded everything in the Connex, it was a lot easier."

For now, all his tools and girlfriend's artwork will be safe in a shipping container resting on the top of the levee, while part of his house sits in the river.

"The whole bottom level is designed for, it's all concrete, so it's open on both ends as you might be able to see so when the river comes up it can just flow through it without any pressure on the house," Howell told FOX40. "It leaves a nasty muddy mess."

Howell said flooding like this only happens once every five years or so, and although it's a hassle, he claims the view of the river makes it all worth while.

"It's worth it, it's the price you pay for living on the river," Howell told FOX40.