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North County residents and business owners concerned about mudslides, flooding

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-17 12:06:22-05

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (KGTV) - Business owners in Oceanside are concerned about Thursday's storm after facing flooding last month.

Videos from Lotus Den Hair Salon Owner Bethany Catalfamo show waves of water plunging into her business and several others on the same block.

South Coast Highway near Cassidy Street turned into a lake that day. One video captured a man surfing from behind a truck down the street.

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"Most of them [customers] wanted to be facing the window so they could see what's going on, kind of a little entertainment, it was a little scary," Catalfamo said, describing the mess piling up outside. "You couldn't see anything it was completely flush with the street... Cars were trying to get through but stalling out everywhere because the water was flooding their engines." She said a tow truck eventually blocked the area off so more people wouldn't get stuck.

She and her husband, who owns the barbershop next door stuffed towels against the door, grateful the damage was minimal thanks to the fact they had concrete floors.

Catalfamo said that was the second time the area flooded in the five years she's owned that location. Thursday she's hoping third time isn't the charm, "I mean I try not to worry," she said laughing.

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Outside each shop's doors lay sandbags, ready and waiting from the landlord. Catalfamo hopes the sandbags as well knowledge of how bad the flooding can get will be enough to protect them this time.

"I just hope the city does something about it you know? Because it's clearly a problem and if it rains that much, it floods here," she said.