Public work officials in Stanislaus County would like to think they're solving flood-related problems in the Parklawn neighborhood in Modesto. Residents claim the effort has created new problems.
"That was my parking spot before. All the neighbors got cars everywhere, with no room to park," resident Jose Cortez said.
The county is about 80 percent finished building swales (small ditches) in front of hundreds of homes in this unincorporated area of southwest Modesto.
"A swale is a dirt shoulder, graded down to hold water, rain water," pubic works director Matt Machado said.
Some residents said the new ditchs have eliminated parking because they're so deep.
"It doesn't look right. Can't park in front of your own yard. Don't think it's right," Larry Hernandez said.
But Machado said it's the best solution for a neighborhood that often floods.