Fixing the Flood Damage

By Bob Hansen
|  Saturday, Dec 25, 2010  |  Updated 7:45 AM PDT
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Aerial Tour of Mission Valley Flooding

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Major Cleanup in Mission Valley

It's the worst flooding San Diego has seen in 20 years. Major cleanup was underway in Mission Valley on Thursday after the San Diego River flooded and caused widespread problems.
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We've had a few days now to dry out from the heavy rains but that doesn't mean we're not still feeling the impact. Leaky roofs and flooded yards are now getting extra attention by homeowners and some busy contractors.

“It's a panic time because you don't know what the future is going to hold,” said Lemon Grove homeowner Michelle Montazez.

Residents across the county saw their homes tested to the limits from the flooding rains.  Some houses came through okay, others didn't. Montanez's didn't have any hot water after the rains flooded her outdoor water heater.

“Is this something that is going to resolve itself?  Is this something I’m going to have to invest more money in?  Is this something that's going to be a major inconvenience?  You just don't know until it's over,” Montanez said.

For Michael Rojas, heavy rain means more work and more calls from worried homeowners.

 “You get a lot of panicked calls, a lot of people just worried,” said Rojas from Anderson Plumbing.

Workers from JRP Plastering were out and about finding the weak points, fixing wet drywall and damaged stucco on Friday.

“This kind of rain really finds the weak points,” said Joe Posladek.

“When you see moisture coming in your walls, at that point and we have these kinds of rains, it's telling you something.  It's a signal saying you have something wrong that needs to be addressed,” Posladek said.

Sometimes the problems disappear with the water.

“A lot of calls ease their self off by the time we get out there but what we do is we usually get it prepared for the next rainy season so they don't have to deal with it again,” said Rojas.

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