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Rain Floods Garage, Damages Cars in Mission Hills

One resident who lived in the neighborhood for 20 years told NBC 7 he’s never seen anything like this.



    Clogged Storm Drains Cause Severe Flooding in Mission Hills

    City workers are still working to clear out the storm drains after heavy rains in the early morning hour came rushing through a canyon, flooding two garages and the streets and heavily damaging cars and other stored items. NBC 7's Bridget Naso has the story . (Published Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014)

    A clogged storm drain and excess rain flooded an underground parking lot and damaged several cars at a Mission Hills condo complex Thursday.

    “Managed to almost swim to my car practically,” Andrew Kendall said explaining how he was able to reach his hatchback parked under the complex at Torrance Street and Reynard Way.

    A strong storm system arrived in San Diego overnight and dropped a large amount of rain in a short period of time.

    Residents blame a clogged storm drain for backing up the storm runoff and flooding the garage and parking lot.

    Suzy Lopez also lives in the cul-de-sac and said her car, her roommate's car and her boyfriend's car were all damaged by rising water.

    "I'm shocked and this is unfortunate," Lopez said.

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    NBC 7's Elena Gomez reports from Mission Hills where several cars were submerged in excess water.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014)

    Kenneth Baker woke up to the sound of car alarms and a knock on the door from a neighbor telling him there was a flood in the complex parking area.

    He estimates he pulled five or six gallons of water from inside his vehicle. Now he said the only thing he can do is try and stay positive and hope insurance will cover the damage.

    "I love this car," Baker said. "My first thought was she's going to have to go to the spa."