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.