The neighborhood around the Citadel Mall was one of the hardest hit areas in Wednesday night’s storm. Flood waters washed debris and hail stones into the area, flooding streets and trapping cars.
Some drifts of hail were stacked up to six feet high on Thursday morning. The cleanup of the area is continuing into Thursday afternoon and southbound Chelton remains closed between Galley and Platte.
Mayor Steve Bach described the storm as a “100 year event” at a press conference Thursday. His staff also highlighted the area as a region that faced flooding challenges due to undersized drainage systems.
"I knew it was pretty bad when I saw the first car floating," said Megan Titus, who watched the storm through a window. "There were people trapped in their cars. My neighbor was pulling people out of their cars and bringing them into our house."
The Citadel Mall also reports that several stores, mostly on the south side of the facility, experienced leaks overnight. One such store, Vanity, tells 11 News that water leaked down the walls and damaged the carpet. Merchandise inside was not damaged.
The Red Cross also reported that they were working with the owners of two homes located near Chelton and Santa Rosa. Both experienced flooding and firefighters are concerned the homes may need to be condemned.
"There's mud and rocks that all slid in from the back," said Krista Arellano. "Our whole entire yard was a pool of water."