A flash flood Tuesday night overflowed the banks of Panther Creek and sent water streaming into the town of McCloud at about 9 p.m., causing damage to houses, garages and commercial buildings.

A flash flood Tuesday night overflowed the banks of Panther Creek and sent water streaming into the town of McCloud at about 9 p.m., causing damage to houses, garages and commercial buildings.

No rain fell in McCloud, but people were out in the streets watching the lightning storm at the time of the flash flood. Within minutes people cleared the streets as the Community Services District loader placed K-rails in an attempt to ward off the flood waters – but to no avail.

Darlene Mathis, owner of the Mercantile, said, “The basement of the Mercantile has already flooded. This happened last December with the big rains we had then. The county never fixed the creek and it is happening again.”

The flood waters also washed up against houses on Tucci, California, Columbero and Main Street. Side streets were also flooded.

By 9:30 p.m., CSD workers were seen filling sandbags and placing K-rails.