Storm soaks parts of county

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page -

LOS AN­GE­LES (CNS) — An early morn­ing storm drenched parts of Los An­ge­les County, but no se­ri­ous flood­ing, de­bris flows or mud­slides re­sulted.

The greater risk could come next week, be­gin­ning to­day, when a series of storms slide in “one af­ter the other” through Thurs­day, pos­si­bly pro­duc­ing 2 to 4 inches of rain, Na­tional Weather Ser­vice Me­te­o­rol­o­gist An­drew Rorke said, in­di­cat­ing three weather sys­tems may be in­volved.

“We’re ex­pect­ing 12 to 18 hours of dan­ger­ously heavy rain,” he said.

But with var­i­ous mod­els in con­flict, it’s not pos­si­ble to say when or where that dan­ger­ous pe­riod will take place, Rorke said.

Los An­ge­les County of­fi­cials are cau­tion­ing res­i­dents of re­cent burn ar­eas such as the Woolsey, Creek and La Tuna fires to mon­i­tor lo­cal news out­lets, avoid driv­ing through mov­ing or ponded wa­ter and re­port storm­re­lated emer­gen­cies to 800­675­HELP (4357).

County of­fi­cials en­cour­aged some res­i­dents to con­sider evac­u­at­ing the area in ad­vance of the storm.

“Peak rain­fall rates may re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant mud and de­bris flow, and we en­cour­age Woolsey fire sur­vivors to be ready to evac­u­ate at a mo­ment’s no­tice,” county Fire Chief Daryl Osby said, re­fer­ring to the wild­fire that ripped through the Mal­ibu area. “El­derly res­i­dents, in­di­vid­u­als who have med­i­cal conditions and res­i­dents who own large an­i­mals should make plans now to leave their homes as a pre­cau­tion.”

County of­fi­cials said res­i­dents in low­ly­ing ar­eas or next to steep slopes or wa­ter­ways are par­tic­u­larly at risk. They ad­vised res­i­dents on the fol­low­ing streets to be pre­pared to evac­u­ate: Mul­hol­land/sycamore Canyon, Decker Canyon Road, Enci­nal Canyon Road, Tran­cas/paseo Canyon, Kanan Dume Road, Latigo Canyon, Cor­ral Canyon and Mal­ibu Canyon.

South of Mul­hol­land the neigh­bor­hoods of Decker School, Mal­ibu West, Mal­ibu Park/bon­sall, Ramirez Canyon, Zu­mirez, Ocean View/es­con­dido, El Nido and Newell were ad­vised to be pre­pared to evac­u­ate. North of Mul­hol­land, the warn­ing in­cludes Oak For­est Mo­bile Es­tates, Tri­unfo/lobo Canyon, Semi­nole Springs, Mal­ibu Lake and sur­round­ing ar­eas from Tri­funo Creek to Cor­nell Road and Old Agoura.

Early Satur­day, of­fi­cials in Mal­ibu an­nounced that west­bound Pa­cific Coast High­way at Morn­ing View Drive has been re­opened af­ter a brief clo­sure due to mud and de­bris. In the Mal­ibu Park area, Cuth­bert Road, just west of Busch Drive, also re­opened. Cuth­bert Road At Har­vester Road, the Clover Heights cul­de­sac and Bon­sall Av­enue Rains­ford Av­enue are still closed. Cleanup of mud and de­bris is un­der way, city of­fi­cials said.

Pa­cific Coast High­way is closed in both direc­tions be­tween Morn­ing View Drive and Guernsey Av­enue due to de­bris flow, ac­cord­ing to the Los An­ge­les County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment’s Lost Hills Sta­tion. Driv­ers are urged to pro­ceed with cau­tion on all roads and be­ware of wa­ter, mud and rocks in the road.

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