Drivers return to find flooded-out cars in Mission Valley

Posted at 7:58 PM, Feb 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-28 22:58:41-05
MISSION VALLEY - The storm left several cars underwater in Mission Valley.
The water levels have dropped but Tuesday, many drivers came back to play a game of "Will my car start?"
On Hotel Circle Place in Mission Valley, many breathed sighs of relief when their cars started, but for others on the water-logged street, it was too late.
The heavy rain had already taken its toll. Our camera-caught Carissa Ridgeway’s flood of tears.  She had waded through the water to check out the damage to her Silver Honda Civic.
There’s just water everywhere,” she explained.  “There’s a line. . .almost to my window of mud.”
The water had ruined the interior.  As she delivered the news to her boyfriend, he brought her close and gave her a hug.
“It’s how I get to and from work,” Ridgeway said.  “It’s how I get everywhere and I don’t know what I’m going to do now.”
The timing, however, was even worse.
“It’s my birthday weekend,” she said.
The couple had spent the weekend celebrating at a hotel in La Jolla.  They live on this street and never expected to come home to this.
“Usually, when it rains over here, it will flood a little bit, but it hasn’t gotten this bad. . .in years,” Ridgeway said.  “I guess [I’ll] just call my insurance and see what I can do.”
Insurance experts says typically those who have comprehensive auto insurance coverage will be covered in all natural disasters, including flooding.