22 people, 7 pets evacuate flooded apartments

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SAN DIEGO -- A car hit a fire hydrant in University City early Monday, leading to severe flooding for a nearby apartment complex.

The SUV slammed into the hydrant on Regents Road near Genesee Avenue around 1:30 a.m. The driver told officers he fell asleep before losing control of his vehicle and crashing into the fire hydrant, Martinez said. Intoxication was not believed to have been a factor in the crash.

Water spewing from the hydrant flowed into the apartments nearby, flooding nearly four-feet high in some units, witnesses said. Firefighters were called to help people evacuate the building, which was severely damaged.

The Red Cross was helping 22 adults, six dogs and a cat arrange for interim lodging, SDFRD spokesman Jose Ysea said.

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