Floods hit San Pedro neighbourhood

1 Feb

Torrential rains hit parts of San Pedro Tuesday, causing noticeable damage and forcing residents and firefighters to pull people to safety.

According to local reports, about 16 residents were evacuated from their homes and some streets were closed in the affected area.

On the intersection of 4th Street and Grand Avenue, mud covered the streets as residents tried to wash the pavements with gardening hoses. Residents were still shocked about the rare extreme rainfall that befell this neighbourhood.

Ruth Campbell, who lived near the intersection, was trying to escape from the rain in her car when she the oncoming floods swept her car away.

Campbell said: “The water was up to my neck. The door wouldn’t open and the current took my car away.”

It took three men to rescue her from the submerged vehicle as the water rushed from a nearby hill and was holding onto a fence in order to stay alive.

Across the street from Campbell, Maria Ochoa, 38, was also unfortunate in trying to drive away from the storm as her car was caught in the flooding.

She said: “My waist was in water and by the time I got to the corner, the water went to my ribs. I opened the door to get out and my car was completely flooded.”

While people were trying to driving away from the storm, others were stuck in a torrential mess, like resident Santa Renteria.

Renteria, 68, was still cleaning up the mess from her home, which the rains had damaged most of the electrical equipment in her house, including her electric scooter.

She said: “My home, my TV is full of water. My refrigerator, my rooms are flooded.”

In addition to Renteria, she said her next door neighbour had a foot of water in his house.

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