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One Week Later: Cleaning up storm damage in Ramona

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - It's been a week since San Diego was pounded by flash flooding, mudslides and lightning in a rare July storm.

Families in Ramona are still recovering and cleaning up the damage, and they are getting help from the county.

A debris removal site was opened in downtown Ramona, and other dumpsters have been set up in San Diego Country Estates to help homeowners recover from last week's torrential storms that damaged dozens of homes.

Dumpsters stuffed with wet carpet and living rooms blasted with dryers are a common sight in Ramona after last weekend's storm.

"It's a bad nightmare. That's what it is," said San Diego Country Estates storm victim, Julia Yanez.

Two-foot water marks stain the front of the Murphy and Yanez homes.

"Within an hour, there was four to six inches of water in the entire home," said Dave Murphy, a San Diego Country Estates storm victim.

Ramona was drenched in four-inches of rain in 48-hours last weekend, and it even caused a mudslide.

On Friday, San Diego County stationed three sites for homeowners to haul flood debris removal for free.

"I wasn't aware of that [debris removal sites] because I don't have a computer. I have no way to access that information," said Yanez.

Insurance for many homeowners does not cover floods. Julia Yanez had to dip into her 401K , and her husband's pension plan to pay for the clean up.

"We have to get something. We have to get this fixed, otherwise, mold is going to start growing," she said.

With no money to spare, Dave Murphy is doing all the work on his own.

"My daughter is getting married at the end of the month," he said.

Earlier in the week, California's Lt. Governor announced a state of emergency, which includes San Diego County. It's the first step in applying for federal assistance.

A total of 130 homes were damaged by the remnants of Hurricane Dolores, and five days later, families are exhausted and are hoping for any assistance.

"It's going to take six months for lives to resume anywhere near normal," said Dave Murphy.

The dump sites are on Olive, East of the Maple intersection, at the end of Gunn Stage Road and San Vicente Road.

The sites will be open from 7:00 a.m., to 7 p.m., until August 23rd.

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