By Nikki Garrett Metzger
(Victor Valley) –- Late on Friday afternoon the skies opened up over the Victor Valley and heavy downpours began. Rain fell steadily for almost an hour with numerous lightning strikes and loud claps of thunder. Several areas in Victorville and Apple Valley experienced tremendous flooding that damaged homes and trapped several cars.
San Bernardino County Fire Swift Water Rescue crews were called to Pebble Beach Road and Arrowhead near the Green Tree Golf Course to rescue a woman from her car when it became stuck in mud and a river of water. She was safely removed but the car stayed stuck until flood waters subsided. Several neighbors came out to watch the rescue and most said the area floods every time it rains, but not as bad as this.
The roads around Highway 395 and Palmdale Road experienced a lot of flooding. Mesa Linda had a torrent of water running down it toward Palmdale Road and it picked up trash cans, mud, and rocks which collected in the storm drains. One of the neighbors on the street, Veronica, said her neighbor got in his car to chase down his trash when the car got stuck in the mud near Palmdale Road. Then Veronica’s husband took his truck down to help pull his neighbor out of the mud, but his truck got stuck too. Both men walked away unharmed but the vehicles were still stuck after dark. Veronica said the water came up into her yard and washed away the rock landscaping. “They didn’t say it was going to rain up here today. I wasn’t prepared,” she said.
Jasmine Rodriguez lives on Luna Road across from Morgan Kincaid Preparatory School in Victorville and she watched the flood water come from the back of the school, cover Luna Road and start to climb up into her driveway. “I was watching through the window and I saw two bolts of lightning hit the field and the basketball court. Then I heard the thunder and moved away from the windows,” she said.
Jasmine’s father, Hector, said, “This happens every time it rains. This isn’t even the worst we’ve seen. We tell the City about it and ask them to do something, but they never do. We worry about it when the kids are getting out of school.”
Flooding was also a problem in the Desert Knolls area of Apple Valley. Water and mud flowed across Tao Road at Highway 18, and closed the Outer Highway. Flood water flowed into the gas station and convenience store at Outer Hwy 18 and Mondamon Road, closing the store for a while. Fire crews responded to many calls of flooding throughout the area.
The National Weather Service in San Diego estimated that 1 to 1.4 inches of rain fell in the Victor Valley Friday, although final numbers were not yet available. A flash flood watch is in effect for the High Desert today from Noon until 8pm as thunderstorms are expected in the area once again.