Awakened in the dark by a rushing sound and the pounding of raindrops on her tent, Rebecca Truver left her tent and feared for her life, her belongings and her two pets.
“They knew something was happening,” Truver, 45, said of her dog and cat. “Then, all of a sudden, the water came through up to my knees.”
A waist-high surge of water swept about 50 homeless residents out of their camp in the Santa Ana River near Van Buren Street before dawn Tuesday.
The wall of water crashed into the camp of about a dozen residents of the riverbed, considered a safe place by the homeless who find their way there. Three residents were treated at a local hospital for minor injuries, said Ruth Record, who works with the area’s homeless.