When Tropical Storm Hilary ripped through the San Bernardino Mountains over the weekend, it took Rachel Hunt’s home — and her with it.
Hunt’s mobile home in the Seven Oaks area was lifted off its foundations Sunday, Aug. 20, and washed down the street by flood waters, while she was still inside.
“The walls deteriorated and it was struck by another mobile home and I took shelter in the back hall and then kitchen as the back wall tore open,” Hunt said in a news release issued Wednesday, Aug. 23, by GoFundMe.
The home is a “total loss,” Hunt’s boss, Randy Lopez said in the release.
Hunt on Wednesday declined to be interviewed.
Lopez has set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Hunt recover: https://gf.me/v/c/jwbr/tropical-storm-hilary-rachel-hunt
Hunt is not the only one whose home washed away in the floodwaters.
On Tuesday, Aug. 22, searchers in the Seven Oaks area found a mobile home that might have belonged to a missing woman whose home was swept away Sunday by the surging Santa Ana River, but they found no sign of the woman.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday identified the missing woman as Christie Rockwood, 74.
Christie Rockwood (Photo courtesy of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department)
“The Seven Oaks Resort area was overwhelmed by rising river water and her residence was swept away from its foundation,” a sheriff’s statement said, adding she is 5 foot 9 inches tall, weighs about 265 pounds and has short red hair.
Rockwood also has a tattoo of a butterfly with a pink breast cancer ribbon on the inside of her wrist, the Sheriff’s Department said.
Anyone with information related to the search for Rockwood was asked to call Deputy E. Juarez or Detective S. Swanson at the Yucaipa Sheriff’s Station at 909-918-2305.
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Separately Wednesday, Caltrans and San Bernardino County officials said a few stretches of road damaged by the storm remained closed for repairs.
–Highway 38 from Jenks Lake Road to Lakewood Road
–A stretch of Glass Road near Seven Oaks and Highway 38
–Radford Camp Road in the same area
–Oak Glen Road from Harris Road to Casa Blanca Avenue
–Potato Canyon Road in the Oak Glen Road area
Staff writer Nelson Espinal contributed to this story.