FLOODED: Sequoia Elementary School in Pleasant Hill (PHOTOS)

January 10, 2017 20:23 pm · 9 comments

The playground at Sequoia Elementary School on Boyd Rd. in Pleasant Hill is completely flooded due to the neighboring creek that has reached its peak.

Thanks to Amee Foye for the pictures.

GregTheElder January 10, 2017 at 8:49 PM

Same thing happened in the late 80s when I was a student at Sequoia middle school. We went swimming at lunch at got suspended by Mr. Durflinger, the principal. It was worth it.

David January 10, 2017 at 10:14 PM

Is the entire school, or just the playground?

WC resident January 11, 2017 at 12:39 AM

@David – the ground slopes a little meaning the field and playground and blacktop get the worse of it. The classrooms nearest to the blacktop have gotten flooded at times but at the time my kids were there that meant the floors got wet but there was no damage.

MakemyDay January 11, 2017 at 6:19 AM

Poets corner must be a swamp!

CoCoMama January 11, 2017 at 8:28 AM

Did Pleasant Hill Elem down the street receive similar flooding due to the creek running behind its playground as well?

Mac January 11, 2017 at 9:06 AM

Bummer, my Grandson goes there….

WC resident January 11, 2017 at 11:27 AM

@CoCoMama – No, in the area near PH middle the creek is in a quite deep channel. While it’s not concrete lined I suspect the area around the schools was dredged/deepened at some point. The only area where this creek seems to overflow is right around Oak Park Blvd. To the south of Oak Park Blvd the creek is in a shallow ditch which overflows into people’s back yards and under their houses regularly.

Ideally both that ditch and the one that’s on the west side of the Sequoia Elementary campus are widened and deepened to be more like what’s to the east and north of PH Middle school and to the east of Sequoia Middle.

These two creeks merge and at that point it’s a concrete canyon style channel.

Neighbor January 11, 2017 at 3:50 PM

There are two creeks surrounding the Sequoia schools. On the West side is Murderer’s Creek which runs along the back of the Elementary school. On the East side of Sequoia Middle school is the East Fork of Grayson’s Creek. The two creeks meet at the back of the soccer / baseball field at Sequoia Middle School and then flow under Gregory Lane. Just before the two creeks meet is a concrete channel, but they are not in a channel upstream from there. Murderer’s Creek has overflowed and flooded the play field/ basketball courts about three times in the last twenty years.

The flood control district bought a property adjacent to the middle school to do a flood control project at Grayson’s Creek, but the cost was too much and the project was never done. The poor homeowner was forced to move and the home was demolished, if I recall correctly.

Sequoia Alum January 12, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Oh man…. I remember this happening 14 years ago, when I was in 2nd grade or something. Never thought I’d see pictures of the creek flooding again.

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