Ramona newlyweds lose everything in weekend flooding

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RAMONA, Calif. -- A newlywed couple who are expecting their second child were forced out of the home they were renting when heavy rains flooded the property over the weekend.

Aaron and Cassandra Phillips said they were shocked to see how quickly the rain was coming down on Sunday afternoon. Aaron rushed to the front yard and tried shoveling and sweeping water back away from their home on E Street. At one point, he tried digging into his yard, hoping the water would have a place to fall.

Then as quickly as it began, water began seeping through the walls and began flooding the bedrooms all at once.

Cassandra, who is five months pregnant, began unplugging everything in her household as quickly as possible, because she did not want to be standing in water with the possibility of getting electrocuted.

The couple's 1-year-old daughter had just been picked up by her grandmother 15 minutes before the downpour.

The couple feared that water, mud and debris would rush into the home if they opened the front door,  so they decided to escape through a kitchen window. Aaron helped his wife up and over the window sill with one of the family dogs in tow. He later followed with their larger dog.

Water came up to their knees as they hopped in their SUV and drove away to higher ground.

For now the Phillips' are staying with Cassandra's grandparents until they can find another place to stay.

More than 4 inches of rain fell on Ramona over the weekend when the remnants of Tropical Storm Delores moved over San Diego County. Like many Southern California families, the Phillips family did not have flood insurance. They say they lost thousands of dollars in personal belongings, along with several irreplaceable items like family photo albums.

The community has been generous in offering help from food to clothes, Cassandra explained.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family.

 

4 comments

  • The Don

    “A newlywed couple who are expecting their first child.”

    Then what is she holding in the photo, a doll?

  • Iggy Sanchez

    1. A newlywed couple who are expecting their first child.
    2. Cassandra, who is five months pregnant,
    3. The couple’s 1-year-old daughter had just been picked up by her grandmother.

    Huh?!?!? Something’s not right…

  • dave

    newlywed couple who are expecting their second child were forced out of the home they were renting when heavy rains flooded the property over the weekend.

  • Shannon

    The article says they are “expecting their second child”. It may have originally said “first” and has now been corrected but is that all anyone is concerned about? There are 3 comments on here and they are all about that typo. This young couple lost EVERYTHING! In my opinion it shouldn’t matter if they have one, two, ten or even zero kids. If you’re going to donate, I would think that you would donate no matter how many kids they have. I understand people being a bit leary of fraudsters but this just seems a bit silly and a bit over the top. I think anyone who lives in Ramona or even San Diego County realizes that there were many people affected by last weekends rain. So if you’re going to donate then donate. If not, keep scrolling on by but please just don’t be so critical and petty of every little thing! This poor ccouple is in a bad place right now, show a little compassion.

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