Storm brings f lood fears to Cal­i­for­nia burn ar­eas

The Freeman - - WORLD -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Au­thor­i­ties kept a wor­ried eye Fri­day on firescarred South­ern Cal­i­for­nia hill­sides af­ter a storm brought flood­ing fears and prompted evac­u­a­tion orders for hun­dreds of homes.

The se­cond storm in a week dropped record­break­ing rains on down­town Los An­ge­les, jammed ma­jor roads and sent an air­liner skid­ding off a run­way, but no ma­jor in­juries were re­ported.

Manda­tory evac­u­a­tions were or­dered for ar­eas of Orange and River­side coun­ties rav­aged by a sum­mer wild­fire. Black, surg­ing tor­rents choked with downed trees and mud swept down chan­nels near homes and in one case swept across a bridge and took out a guardrail.

Other ar­eas saw foot­deep mud or water.

No homes were se­ri­ously dam­aged but even though the storm eased by night­fall, evac­u­a­tion orders for hun­dreds of homes in Trabuco Canyon in the Santa Ana Moun­tains south of Los An­ge­les and for a few neigh­bor­hoods in the Lake Elsi­nore area east of Los An­ge­les re­mained in place overnight.

Other Lake Elsi­nore ar­eas had their manda­tory evac­u­a­tion orders down­graded to vol­un­tary evac­u­a­tion warn­ings late Thurs­day night, although fire of­fi­cials said there was still a po­ten­tial for dan­ger­ous con­di­tions and urged res­i­dents to re­main vig­i­lant.

Also in Lake Elsi­nore, fire­fight­ers worked into the night lin­ing a street with sand­bags to pro­tect homes.

"We just don't know the sta­bil­ity of our hills any­more," Lake Elsi­nore Mayor Natasha John­son told KABC-TV ear­lier. "The fire did its dev­as­ta­tion ... the hills be­hind us that are not a con­cern could be­come a con­cern very quickly."

A mud­slide shut down Pa­cific Coast High­way and sur­round­ing roads in and around Mal­ibu neigh­bor­hoods charred by an­other fire last month last month that de­stroyed hun­dreds of homes.

Kirby Kotler and his neigh­bors spent days be­fore the storm stack­ing 18,000 sand­bags be­hind their homes along the high­way. But when heavy rains ar­rived, mud, water and rocks blasted through the bags and across their prop­er­ties.


Mud and de­bris fill the out­fall where Tran­cas Creek flows into the Pa­cific Ocean in an area burned by the Woolsey fire in Mal­ibu, Calif..

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