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 help people leave 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.