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Flooding concerns due to Escondido rains

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 15:38:37-05

ESCONDIDO, Calif., (KGTV)-- Residents in Escondido shared their concerns Wednesday about the flooding on Country Club Drive.

Neighbors said after every rain event, the street floods and closes, which creates not only an inconvenience but a safety hazard.

There is no stop sign on Country Club Drive. But Jason Farr is at a stand-still.

"I can't get in and out of our neighborhood," Farr said.

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Farr and his family moved into the neighborhood a few months ago. They have already experienced the notorious flooding. Farr's concern is that Country Club Drive is the only way in and out of his community.

"If emergency crews need to get here… If there are a couple of feet of water on top of the bridge, that's one thing, but if there's more like I saw yesterday, they just won't be able to get in and out," Farr said.

He said he has several elderly neighbors who no longer have the strength or speed to evacuate at once. The flooding also trap his children from getting to school.

"We have to be constantly be deciding if we want to bring our kids to school. Because I do not feel comfortable dropping my kids off to school and them not being able to be picked up," Farr said.

While the water receded overnight, by 8:30 AM Wednesday the water crested back over the road. Farr said his neighbors told him that the severity of the problem got much worse as new developments sprouted into the once lonely neighborhood.

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“It's changing the watershed, changing the drainage. All the drainage is being funneled down hill,” Farr said. “We’re just the end of the hill, and we're paying the price for it."

Farr said while this is a flooding issue now, come summer, this one way in, one way out street to his community will become a fire hazard. He has voiced his concerns to the county. So far, he has not received a response.