Storm drain floods road, traps driver in PB

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SAN DIEGO -- A driver got stranded on a flooded road in Pacific Beach Monday morning.

The driver got stuck around 6 a.m. on Pacific Beach Drive between Dawes Street and Everts Street. The white sedan could be seen with its hazard lights on in the middle of the flooded road as lifeguards and firefighters gathered on drier ground.

The flooding came during a morning rainstorm, and officials said tidal flow from the ocean had actually backed up a storm drain on the street, spilling onto the road and allowing water to pool rapidly.

Lifeguards prepared for a water rescue, but by around 6:30 a.m. some of the water had drained out of the area, and the driver was able to move to safety on their own.

Officials closed Pacific Beach Drive between Cass and Everts streets. They also closed southbound Dawes Street and Oliver Street.

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