SAN DIEGO, California – In a harrowing incident, residents of San Diego found themselves forced to navigate through water levels reaching their waists in order to flee their homes on Monday.
A devastating flood has struck the house that has been my lifelong home. Hugo Pacheco described his experience as the scariest moment of his life. “This is a video capturing the moment of evacuation.” It is a painful sight to witness everything being replaced, despite the fact that it is all replaceable. Prayers are requested for the well-being of me and my family.
In the video above, the woman’s voice reflects a sense of fear and exhaustion as she navigates through the water, which at one point reaches up to her chest. The individual was burdened by their pants and sweatshirt as they navigated through the cold water.
A man and his sister helplessly witnessed as floodwater surged through a city street, swiftly sweeping away her car. Before the storm hit, the vehicle was parked on the street.
Firefighters and lifeguards in San Diego County conducted a total of 24 high water rescues, specifically from the San Diego and Tijuana Rivers. Hundreds of individuals were rescued from their flooded homes by the San Diego Fire Department, according to officials.
According to the National Weather Service, the county experienced a rainfall of 2 to 3 inches in the morning. In the afternoon, the water level on the San Diego River continued to rise, leaving a number of office workers trapped. In January, San Diego typically receives a total of 1.98 inches of rainfall, making it the second-wettest month in the city. In the month of February, which is known for its high precipitation levels, the recorded rainfall amounts to 2.2 inches.
Interstate drivers faced significant safety risks. Emergency crews were captured by local media as they worked tirelessly to clear the storm drains on I-15, which had become submerged due to heavy rainfall. There was a complete halt in traffic on all northbound lanes. Drivers have opted to abandon their cars in favor of paddle boards.
Assistance was required even for our furry companions. Drivers and a bewildered pet were rescued from their vehicles near the Pacific Beach by lifeguards. Witness the large individual struggling to maintain balance on the surfboard as emergency personnel guide the canine companion to safety on solid ground. A guard is seen assisting the owner of the dog as they navigate through the deep water.
Heavy rainfall caused National Avenue in San Diego to transform into a flowing river. Several vehicles were swept away by the floodwater. Severe flooding caused waves to crash onto downtown roads, leaving a light rail train stranded.
Amidst rising waters, community members rallied together to assist one another in preserving their lives and possessions. A neighborhood experienced a fortunate decrease in water levels. The water level in the garage has risen significantly, surpassing the car’s engine. As a result, mud has been left on the hood of the vehicle.
San Diego can expect the rain to diminish Monday evening, continuing into early Tuesday. Another storm system is expected to impact California on Wednesday, although the most severe weather conditions are projected to remain north of San Diego.