Community members raise $160k for San Diego flood victim resources

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About 100 households impacted by the storms got a chance to get help Saturday at the Mountain View Community Center.

SAN DIEGO — The Salvation Army and CBS 8 partnered together and raised nearly $160,000 to help flood victims impacted by the devastating storm that swept through San Diego County January 22

About 100 households impacted by the storms got a chance to get help Saturday, made available in part because of those crucial donations. The Salvation Army along with other agencies, including the city of San Diego, set up a Local Assistance Center in Mountain View for anyone impacted by the recent floods.

The Mountain View Community Recreation Center and will be open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Saturday, Feb. 3, through Friday, Feb. 9.

“People are really hurting,” said Major Amy Reardon with the Salvation Army. “They can find a lot of their needs will be met here.” 

People can receive basic items such as clothes, blankets, foods, gift cards and vouchers. They can also access housing, social security, and other city and statewide services 

“There’s a lot of resources and agencies in there for residents in the community to come and ask questions, get services,” said Anthony Santacroce, with the City of San Diego.

Ruben Gomez is one of the several who stopped by the Mountain View Community Center looking for resources for his elderly parents. His 80-year-old father, Miguel, nearly lost his life during last week’s floods. 

Gomez’s parents had to be rescued by firefighters after several feet of water rushed inside their Beta Street home. 

“His house was flooded up to six feet,” he said. “They were rescued and ended up in the hospital. They lost everything so we’re here to see what they can help us with.”

Gomez said his father had to put his mother on top of a sofa while they waited for help to arrive. They both ended up in the hospital after suffering from hypothermia. They also had water in their lungs. 

The couple is now out of the hospital and recovering.

“They’re lucky to be alive. They’re my mom and dad and they lost everything. You know, it was really… shocked by that I didn’t know what was going to happen,” added Gomez.

The couple’s home was completely destroyed, along with all of their belongings.

“They lost all their paperwork, their cars,” continued Gomez.

The family now find themselves among dozens of other San Diegans desperate for help.

Volunteers say they’re ready to provide resources and support.

“The main point is to help these residents and this community deal and recover,” said Santacroce.

Donations to The Salvation Army can be made online at any time.

To help the Gomez family recover, click here.

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