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Floodwaters leave soggy, totaled cars in their wake

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MISSION VALLEY (CBS 8) - The fallout from this week's storm is still being felt by flood victims whose cars were damaged, including a member of the News 8 team. Traffic reporter Victoria Johnson learned her vehicle was likely a total loss while she was on the air. It was a rather unusual situation -- to be a victim with a bird's eye view.

As the News 8 traffic reporter hovered over Qualcomm Stadium showing our viewers some unbelievable shots of the field and cars being swept away by flooding in Mission Valley, she was unaware that the water level was quickly rising in the Mission Valley garage where her own vehicle was parked.

But Victoria is so thankful to her friend Natalie Gerken, who was able to salvage the valuable things from Victoria's car, wading thru waded through thigh-high water to get to the vehicle just before the water started to seep in.

"Laptop, bags, anything in her car I thought was important," Natalie said.

Natalie texted Victoria to tell her just how bad the situation was, prompting Victoria to fly over the apartment complex garage to see for herself. Victoria's 1997 Mercedes Benz is a total loss..

"I think the water went about a foot above my tire because when the insurance adjuster came he said my engine was completely ruined, transmission was sticking, it was done. A ton of water came out of the exhaust," Victoria said.

She was told the engine would cost $12,000 to $15,000 to replace, but the car -- which Victoria just paid off -- is worth less than half of that. So for now she waits to see what her insurance company will pay her to buy a new car, which will most certainly include some sort of car payment.

"We flew over today, and people are still getting towed out of the building, they're still getting towed. And I just felt so bad because times are hard, and everybody needs a car to drive around and it's tough," Victoria said.

That parking garage is located off Avenida del Rio behind Fashion Valley Mall. The water also damaged Victoria's friend Natalie's car and Natalie's sister's car, but they are still waiting to hear whether or not their vehicles are totaled as well.

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