May 29, 2024
It's at least the second case of a mobile home being swept away by a surging Santa Ana River. A woman remains missing in the first case.

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.

A Caltrans truck drives past the washed out section of Hwy 38 which is closed as half the roadway is washed out above the 7,000-foot elevation marker damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary in San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

A cabin stands with a washed out foundation by flood waters and debris from Tropical Storm Hilary along Highway 38 near South Fork Campground in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Hwy 38 is closed as half the roadway is washed out just above the 7,000-ft. elevation marker damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

A red tagged cabin has trees and other debris washed up against it after Tropical Storm Hilary damaged roads, cabins, trailers and Hwy 38 in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

A cabin’s foundation was washed out by flood waters and debris from Tropical Storm Hilary along Hwy 38 near South Fork Campground in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

A man stands by a red-tagged cabin damaged by flood waters and debris due to Tropical Storm Hilary along Hwy 38 near South Fork Campground in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Hwy 38 is closed as half the roadway is washed out just above 7,000 ft. elevation marker damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary in San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

Seven Oaks cabin owner Keith Hill said, “This is the worst I have ever seen, ” as he stands on a road washed out by Tropical Storm Hilary in the mountain community Seven Oaks in the San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

A trailer washed away by Tropical Storm Hilary in lies in the trees along the Santa Ana River as San Gorgonio Search and Rescue’s Jay Ankenman stands on Glass Road in the mountain community of Seven Oaks in San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

San Gorgonio Search and Rescue’s Paul Franklin stands looking over the Santa Ana River on washed out Glass Road damaged by Tropical Storm Hilary in the mountain community of Seven Oaks in San Bernardino National Forest on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG)

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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.

They include:

–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.

 

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