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Family helps with water rescue while own home floods

Posted at 5:32 AM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 08:32:00-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A family in Mountain View helped rescue a mother and child trapped in their SUV Thursday night, all while their own home was flooding.

Yanheli Tejeda was shocked to see her backyard completely submerged as heavy rain fell.

“It’s at least 5 feet,” Tejada said.

Judging the amount of rain off the orange tree standing tall in the back, Tejada said the tree is “usually very, very, very tall and you can only see the leaves; you cannot see the trunk at all.”

A Jeep parked in the backyard was also completely under water. The toolshed flooded, and trash cans were floating around.

Tejeda has lived in this home her whole life, and after 20 years of living there, she said she’s never seen something like this before.

“This has never happened, ever,” Tejada told 10News.

The main part of the house is on an incline, but the back addition sits a little lower. On Thursday night, the back addition was completely flooded.

Tejada said her brother’s room down the stairs was blocked because of the flooding.

In between dealing with the flooding and helping a mother get her SUV out of the flooded road, Tejada and her family also had to transfer their six dogs to their own car to prevent any of them from floating away.

Despite all the challenges the rain brought their family late Thursday night, Tejeda told 10News, “Clothes, cell phone chargers or televisions, it’s all materialistic things you can buy again, so as long as my family is fine, I’m fine.”