In Ac­ton, a gru­el­ing com­mute

Flash flood­ing de­lays Metrolink ser­vice and traps driv­ers in the An­te­lope Val­ley.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Joseph Serna, Alene Tchekm­e­dyian joseph.serna@la­ Twit­ter: @JosephSerna

Flash floods from a heavy storm cell de­layed train ser­vice to the An­te­lope Val­ley, Metrolink of­fi­cials an­nounced Fri­day morn­ing.

Speed re­stric­tions were in place for mul­ti­ple An­te­lope Val­ley lines and the tracks be­tween Via Princessa and Lan­caster were com­pletely closed.

Trains 200 and 202 be­tween Lan­caster and Los An­ge­les’ Union Sta­tion were can­celed Fri­day.

The is­sues popped up af­ter heavy rain and thun­der­storms swept across the high desert Thurs­day evening and flooded Ac­ton.

A he­li­copter res­cue team hoisted one man to safety as muddy wa­ter flowed down the road­way, said Los An­ge­les County Fire In­spec­tor Gus­tavo Me­d­ina.

Aerial video showed the mo­torist sit­ting on top of his black truck, wa­ter up to its wheels, be­fore the res­cue.

Some peo­ple were stuck at a phar­macy be­cause of ex­treme flood­ing, while oth­ers re­ported be­ing trapped in their cars in knee-high wa­ter.

“All the road­ways look like a lake,” said Sher­iff ’s Lt. An­thony Gunn, warn­ing com­muters to avoid at­tempt­ing to drive through mov­ing wa­ter. “If pos­si­ble, [do] not drive any­where at this point.”

The flood­ing forced a Metrolink train car­ry­ing about 250 com­muters to turn around be­fore reach­ing the Vin­cent Grade/Ac­ton sta­tion. On its way back to the Via Princessa sta­tion in Santa Clarita, the train was halted when floods af­fected an­other seg­ment of the track.

“They were get­ting pretty anx­ious,” Gunn said of the com­muters. “They were con­cerned about be­ing on the train due to what they were see­ing through the win­dows.”

Au­thor­i­ties be­gan re­ceiv­ing re­ports of flood­ing about 5 p.m. Ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol, 2 to 3 feet of mud and wa­ter had col­lected, forc­ing clo­sures on sev­eral ma­jor road­ways.

Crown Val­ley Road was closed from Soledad Canyon Road to the 14 Free­way. Part of Soledad Canyon Road was also closed. Metrolink shut down the rail­road tracks as po­lice di­verted traf­fic.

As “co­pi­ous amounts” of mon­soonal mois­ture brought heavy rain and thun­der­storms across the moun­tains in Los An­ge­les and Ven­tura coun­ties, weather of­fi­cials warned res­i­dents to pre­pare for dan­ger­ous flash floods.

Ar­eas re­cently burned by wild­fires were par­tic­u­larly sus­cep­ti­ble to flash flood­ing and de­bris flows.

Ear­lier this week, thun­der­storms wreaked havoc across the In­land Em­pire and prompted a flash­flood warn­ing in the An­te­lope Val­ley in Los An­ge­les County.

Strong winds knocked down power lines in Azusa and mas­sive trees in San Bernardino County.

Rain caused flood­ing on high­ways and in neigh­bor­hoods through­out San Diego and River­side coun­ties as other com­mu­ni­ties were pounded by nickel-sized hail.

In San Bernardino, a palm tree caught fire dur­ing a light­ning storm.

In Hunt­ing­ton Beach, light­ning strikes forced of­fi­cials to briefly evac­u­ate the city beach dur­ing the U.S. Open of Surf­ing.


VIDEO from KTLA shows a driver be­ing res­cued by a he­li­copter team from the Los An­ge­les County Fire Depart­ment dur­ing mon­soonal weather in Ac­ton on Thurs­day. Storms swept across the high desert and f looded the area, de­lay­ing train ser­vice and clos­ing road­ways.

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