Elsinore High School cleaning up after wild storm

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Workers were still cleaning up the mess at Elsinore High School in Wildomar after a storm brought flooding and high winds.

Workers were still cleaning up the mess at Elsinore High School in Wildomar Wednesday after a storm brought flooding and high winds.

Tuesday's storm runoff barreled through Wildomar, and most of the campus at Elsinore High School was underwater.

"We'd open the door, and you'd get a bunch of water just rushing in like a river," said ROTC Sgt. Marvin Morris.

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Now damp and muddy, Morris' ROTC classrooms will have to be checked to prevent mold buildup. He'll be teaching in another building for at least a week.

More than a dozen classrooms were in disrepair around campus. Breezeways were covered with muck.

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The storm hit hard as school was letting out.

"It was just pouring rain, like trees blowing all over the place," said student Jeremiah Powell.

Elsinore High School Principal Jonathan Hurst said a dugout roof blew off and landed on their football field.

"The track was under water. The baseball field might have lost its infield," Hurst said.

Still that wasn't enough to cancel school. A damage estimate was not yet available.

On Wednesday morning, San Bernardino city firefighters called a second-alarm on a building fire, not because the fire was out of control, but because the extreme heat took its toll on firefighters battling the blaze.

"We got to keep our firefighters hydrated, we got to keep a lot of water in them," San Bernardino Fire Department Cpt. Ben Alexander said. "Literally, they can lose up to 10 to 15 pounds in a matter of an hour fighting a fire like this."

Allesandro Elementary School in San Bernardino still has no functioning air conditioning.

"They called us from the house, saying we had to pick up kids because the air conditioning is not working," Nicole Hall of San Bernardino said.

In Riverside, the past two days saw record electricity use, but there was plenty of power on hand, thanks to a peaker plant, a gas powered turbine that spins a power generator.

The plant provides the extra power the city needs during a heat wave, so people can keep their air conditioners running.

"If we didn't have this plant, we'd have rolling blackouts right now in Riverside," Public Utilities General Manager Girish Balachandran said.

A National Weather Service flash flood watch was in effect for the Coachella Valley and Riverside County's mountains Wednesday. The warning expired around 8 p.m.

Forecasters warned that any thunderstorms that develop will likely be heavy and slow-moving, producing as much as an inch of rain an hour.

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