Firefighters help stranded residents escape flooded areas near Lake Elsinore

Firefighters help stranded residents escape flooded areas near Lake Elsinore

About 20 people needed help from Cal Fire Riverside in escaping flooded areas surrounding their homes just northeast of Lake Elsinore on Thursday afternoon.

Capt. Fernando Herrera, spokesman for Cal Fire Riverside, said people were stranded on Cobblestone Road, near Grand Avenue and Toft Drive in Lake Elsinore.

“Those people were extricated,” Herrera said. “The only reason they were stranded was because of the debris flow. They couldn’t drive out, and neither could we.”

Authorities said the mud and debris had to be cleaned from the roads so fire officials could rescue people from their residences.

“Our people went out there to let people know about the mandatory evacuations, and they got stuck as well,” Herrera said.

By 5 p.m., the residents on Cobblestone Road were safely removed from the flooded area, with no injuries.

“Everything is looking better now,” Herrera said. “We had about 30 people who were stranded in the Glen Eden area as well, and we worked on extricating them.”

Herrera said the debris is still causing problems.

“There’s a lot of debris flow and mud in Lake Elsinore and surrounding unincorporated areas,” he said.

Official numbers from Cal Fire Riverside said the mandatory evacuation affected 1,634 homes and about 5,720 residents.

Authorities said there’s no current estimate on when the mandatory evacuation will be lifted.

“Before we even talk about lifting an evacuation, we have to clear the roadways, Herrera said. “We’re going to be vigilant until it’s all done.”