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Heavy rain floods parts of south Coachella Valley

Posted: September 11, 2012 12:27 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2012 12:27 p.m.

Members of a San Bernardino County Fire Department Swift Water Rescue team pull a woman trapped in the Oro Grande Wash Friday August 17 in Victorville Calif. after a thunderstorm created a flash flood.

MECCA, Calif. (AP) — Early morning thunderstorms over southeastern California's Coachella Valley has caused flooding in mobile home parks in Mecca and Thermal.

The Desert Sun ( reports that in Thermal half of the Desert Mobile Home Park better known as Duroville was flooded Tuesday with a foot of water.

Tom Flynn, the trailer park's court-appointed receiver, says as many as 800 residents are without power or fresh water.

Riverside County fire Capt. Scott Visyak tells the newspaper that flooding also hit mobile home parks in Mecca, where four houses were earlier reported flooded.

The National Weather Service says more than 5 inches of rain fell in an area bounded by the Salton Sea communities of Oasis, Mecca and North Shore.

More than 3 feet of water flooded Highway 111.


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