Flooding, mudslides reported around San Diego: Rescue teams deployed

SAN DIEGO - Reports of  traffic incidents, mudslides and flooding impacted the morning commute Thursday.

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According to 10News traffic reporter Melissa Mecija, the CHP reported at least 30 crashes between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Clean up efforts are under way in the Midway District where heavy flooding stranded drivers and delayed businesses from opening Thursday morning.

One man, who did not want to be identified, was just trying to make it to work on time. However, he found himself trapped, as his car was flooded up to the seats with water.

"We were driving down here and there was a car stuck right there and I went to go around him and I went the wrong way," he told 10News.

He took refuge on top of his car until help in the form of San Diego lifeguards arrived.

"They [tow truck] wouldn't come until the water subsided so the lifeguards were my savior here," he added.

He was just one of five drivers who had to be rescued at the normally bustling intersection of Rosecrans Street and Midway Drive.

Heavy rains at the peak of the morning commute forced San Diego police to close down sections of both roads. Some drivers waited hours for help, others were lucky enough to get a tow.

By 1 p.m., the roads were practically dried out, as only piles of debris remained.

Adrian Zizumbo of Discount Tire said he had to park a few blocks away to get to work.

"Gosh, I got here probably about 7:45 [a.m.]-ish and it was just … I could barely even get in here. I got here and there was a flood all the way around the store," Zizumbo said.

Water and red bark that had just been laid down around the business remained in the parking lot by mid-afternoon.

"With all the flooding, it just pushed it everywhere. Pushed it all over the side of the street," added Zizumbo. "[We have] a lot of cleaning up to do. We can't leave the parking lot looking like this for sure."

The high water and clean up efforts delayed the opening of business Thursday, and on a rainy day, there's usually a line out the door.

"They couldn't get here for like the first 45 minutes, then after they opened everything up. It was just back to business," added Zizumbo.

Meanwhile, flooding was also reported along Mission Boulevard and other coastal areas due to high tide.

In the Otay Mesa area, crews rescued a person trapped in the Tijuana River Valley. The person apparently became stranded on a strip of land surrounded by rising water levels near Dairy Mart Road and Servando Avenue.

Several mudslides were also reported throughout the morning, including one on south Interstate 5 at Balboa Avenue and on Regents Road near state Route 52.

Fire department crews were called to a house in Poway in the 13000 block of Vian Road due to a boulder that rolled through a garage and ruptured a gas line. Crews were able to stop the gas line as of 10:21 a.m.

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