Residents of a neighborhood just north of Lake Elsinore were stranded Thursday when mud and water submerged their street, requiring firefighters to retrieve some of them using four-wheel-drive vehicles.
Riverside County Fire Department crews were called to Cobblestone Lane, between Brookstone Lane and Rockridge Road, shortly before 2 p.m. after people reported they were stuck in their homes, unable to leave the area because of storm runoff following heavy rains in the adjacent Cleveland National Forest.
At one point, officials estimated 20 people were stranded.
“There was a significant amount of street flooding, a lot of runoff,” fire Capt. Fernando Herrera told City News Service.
He said some of the residents were frightened by the deluge, which pushed mud and debris into their yards, and they called 911 seeking emergency assistance.
Crews initiated retrievals between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., using heavy-duty four-wheel-drive pickups.
“Those people who wanted to get out for whatever reason, we got them out,” Herrera said. “Those who wanted to shelter in place, stayed.”
He said Cobblestone was caked with “debris and mud,” prompting county Department of Transportation crews to begin a cleanup to make the road passable again.
No injuries were reported.
The extent of damage to the properties was not immediately known.
The area in which the flooding occurred was under a mandatory evacuation order issued just after 1 p.m. by the county Emergency Management Department. It was unclear whether the residents were aware of the evacuation alert, or chose to ignore it.