San Diego Submerged: Flash Floods Devastate City Amid Heavy Rains

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Flash floods unleashed chaos across California, wreaking havoc from San Diego to Guerneville, leaving a trail of overturned cars, submerged homes, and prompting evacuations. 

The deluge began its assault in Guerneville, north of San Francisco, where a creek overflowed due to over 4 inches of rain in a mere 24 hours, leading to the cancellation of local classes.

As the storm intensified, Southern California bore the brunt of severe flooding, with San Diego facing particularly dire conditions. 

Neighborhoods like Mountain View, Shelltown, and Southcrest saw substantial water levels, causing vehicles to be swept away, and major thoroughfares like Interstate 15 became treacherous waterways.

Resident Eddie Ochoa from San Diego recounted the drastic transformation, describing his sister’s car being washed away within an hour, leaving parts of the city submerged. The region experienced an unusually high amount of rainfall, with National City receiving 3 inches in just three hours, surpassing the typical monthly average.

San Diego Joins Swift-Water Rescue Crisis

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Flash floods unleashed chaos across California, wreaking havoc from San Diego to Guerneville, leaving a trail of overturned cars, submerged homes, and prompting evacuations.

Swift-water rescues became a necessity in Spring Valley and Casa de Oro, where residents waded through waist-high water to reach safety. In response to the calamity, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency, establishing shelters for displaced residents, while Los Angeles County issued evacuation warnings due to potential mud or debris flow.

Beyond California, Texas faced flooding concerns, with San Antonio investigating the possible displacement of homeless individuals camping in drainage tunnels. Fortunately, no individuals were found after extensive searches. 

The state experienced significant rainfall, impacting Houston, Dallas, and other parts of north and east Texas. As the storm system expanded its reach, freezing rain gripped Arkansas, prompting warnings of up to half an inch of ice coating parts of the state. 

Ice storm warnings were issued for the Ozark Mountains and cities like Fayetteville and Fort Smith, while northeastern Oklahoma also found itself under an ice storm warning.

This nationwide weather turmoil highlights the challenges posed by a combination of flooding, freezing rain, and extreme conditions, emphasizing the need for preparedness, response, and resilience in the face of nature’s relentless fury.

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