BALBOA ISLAND (CBSLA) – A strong rain cell Thursday in Orange County left a massive hole in the roof of a commercial building after flooding a couple of schools and leaving several vehicles underwater.
Water levels reached as high as almost four and a half feet on Pomona Avenue, where several cars at the intersection of 17th Street and Pomona were submerged.
By early evening, CBS2’s Michele Gile captured images of a water mark that levels higher than the roofs of multiple parked cars.
Images shared on social media showed cars in one Costa Mesa neighborhood completely or almost completely submerged.
Heavy rainfall over a very brief period of time damaged the roof of the structure located on the 2800 block of Barranca Parkway, but no injuries were reported.
Major flooding was also reported in Balboa Island in Newport Beach, where several inches of water covered surface streets and even left one family’s pool table completely submerged.
“We had this issue once before where it filled a little bit, but now it’s like our whole pool table in the back’s underwater,” said resident Gunnar Gehl.
Students were sent home at nearby Corona Del Mar Middle and High schools after the campuses were closed due to flooding.
Flooding was also reported in the parking lot at Kennedy Elementary in Santa Ana is creating issues for parents arriving at the school
Garden Grove police shut down northbound Magnolia Street between Imperial and Garden Grove Boulevard due to flooding. Rain water also inundated the intersection of Garden Grove Boulevard and Fairview.
Several vehicles were also trapped off the 55 Freeway at Fourth Street in Tustin.