True to the old adage of “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” at least one Lake Elsinore family took advantage of the rain and slop produced by a powerful rain storm that moved today through parts of Southwest Riverside to have a little fun.
“We’re just having a good old time in the run off from the rain,” said resident Jamie Guzman, adding that the “makeshift river” was common in the neighborhood during times of heavy rain.
The span of the slick puddle measured nearly a quarter of a mile on the 21000 block of Olive St.
Today’s storm swept through several cities in the region, bringing heavy rain, thunder, lightning and flooding.
Around Riverside County at least one incident had firefighters attempting to reach people stuck in a vehicle with water reported up to the windows at the intersection of Cactus Avenue and Oliver Street in Moreno Valley, according to a Riverside County Fire Department report.
Children and teens splished and splashed through the muck under the supervision of parents, who stood nearby.
“We’re just making boats and floats and having fun getting wet, ” Guzman said.
Ryan Miller summed up the afternoon as any mud-caked, rain-soaked 10-year-old would: “It was awesome.”
*Daniel Lane contributed to this report.