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.
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."