A narrow stream of rain clouds lined up across the city and dumped more than four inches of rain in some places, in just a few hours.
However other spots in the city just a few miles away, didn't see a drop.
Where the rain fell, neighborhoods were flooded, creeks overflowed and streets became rivers.
One man was swept or fell into a swollen waterway about 3:30 p.m. and was drowned. His body was recovered a couple of hours later.
Redding news outlets reported a nursing home and a preschool were evacuated in the face of rising waters. Flows down streets were said to be heavy enough to move parked cars.
The National Weather Service issued a flood warning for Redding due to heavy rain through 8 p.m. Monday.
However the official Weather Service data site for Redding, the airport southeast of town, reported just a trace of rain Monday.
The Record-Searchlight newspaper reported a fire station in west Redding measured 1.84 inches of rain in a single hour, and a 12-hour total for the area of 4.12 inches as of 4 p.m.
There were similar weather conditions in the north state Sunday, although the worst of that storm was concentrated farther north.
Nevertheless, as much as an inch fell in north
Redding neighborhoods Sunday. Again, the Redding airport