Heavy rains in San Diego caused several flash floods across the northeastern portion of the county this past weekend. The National Weather Service put out a flash flood warning for the Borrego Springs area Sunday evening that lasted until 6:30pm. There was a separate flash flood warning for Ramona that only lasted until 4pm. One road collapsed and several others were completely flooded. Rock and mud slides were also witnessed in the mountain and desert areas of the county.
CHP officers reported that Montezuma Valley Road was “completely flooded out” and that they had witnessed “debris everywhere” just after 5pm on Sunday. Officers also closed down State Route 78 near Split Mountain Road at 4:30pm after flash floods were reported in the area. Many other roads were also closed including State Route 76 near the Pala Indian Reservation and Route 74 near mile marker 7.8. The rain was so severe that the Ramona fairgrounds were flooded on Sunday afternoon, the final day of the Ramona Junior Fair.
Flash floods are the most common weather emergency in the United States. They can cause mud and rock slides and destroy buildings and bridges. By definition, a flash flood is rapid flooding of low-lying areas in 4 hours or less. This can be caused by intense rainfall, or by the destruction of man-made buildings and structures like dams. There will not always be warning when these flash floods strike so it is a good idea to be prepared for such an event.
Come up with a Flood Disaster Plan. Educate yourself about your area’s flood risk and where the highest elevation is around your property. You can call your local Red Cross chapter or the National Weather Service for this useful information. If you are in an area where floods are common give your insurance company a call to make sure your home or business has flood coverage included in your policy. You should also develop a flood evacuation plan in the event that you need to leave quickly. Share all this information with your family or employees so that all parties are on the same page in the event of an emergency.
Dealing with the flood cleanup can be an equally stressful time. No one expects flooding in their home or business but sometimes the unimaginable can happen. Calling an experienced San Diego flood cleanup company is the first step to getting your property back to its original state. Our technicians have the experience and tools necessary to complete any job. If you have experienced flooding and water damage in your home or business give Orange Restoration a call immediately! (619) 376-6838