The suddenly unplugged culvert in Fryer Creek near MacArthur Street has opened more than a just a hole under the creek bed.
Neighbors, who awakened on the morning of July 24 to discover the creek level had drastically dropped behind their homes, continue to express dismay over the incident and to revisit long-held concerns about the Sonoma County Water Agency.
A few, including Greg Percival, who lives at Second Street West and MacArthur Street, have even suggested that the water agency may have caused the culvert to become unplugged a few months ago due to drill-work occurring near the hole – located just north of MacArthur Street where it crosses over the creek.
“I would bet that they loosened it,” Percival said.
Bruce Griggs, who lives on MacArthur next to the creek, recalled a moment earlier this year when two environmental engineers knocked on his door to talk about work planned by the water agency, which maintains the creek. They invited him to a community meeting, Griggs said, and spoke of plans for modifying the waterway in case of flood.