December 22, 2010 (San Diego) – San Diego River Park Foundation program coordinator Shannon Quigley-Raymond has provided this astonishing video of the floodwaters rushing into Mission Valley today. Amazed to see small islands of reeds, plants and debris being pushed along by flood waters from the San Diego River, she stopped to take a video on San Diego Mission Road, where two cars had just been pulled into the river by floodwaters.
The River peaked at 14.03 feet, as recorded by the United States Geological Survey’s Fashion Valley Gage. This is 12 feet above its level a few days ago. The 14.0 feet reading was the third highest water level ever recorded. The two higher flood events occurred in 1980 and 1916.
According to Rob Hutsel, Executive Director of the River Park Foundation “Some people don’t even realize the river is there, until it floods. But when it does, the water can rise rapidly. Once the waters recede, the River Park Foundation will organize volunteers to remove the tons of debris which has washed into the river during this storm. Interested volunteers should contact the San Diego River Park Foundation.”
To view the dramatic video that was shot by Quigley-Raymond, click the image above, or on this link:
YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4JAVLPHipo