Cal­i­for­nia flood ecavuees re­turn­ing home

Flood fears in the San Joaquin Val­ley sub­side af­ter creek cleared of de­bris.

Dayton Daily News - - MORE TOP NEWS - By John Rogers Associated Press

LOS AN­GE­LES — Thousands of res­i­dents of the San Joaquin Val­ley farm­ing com­mu­nity of McFar­land were cleared to re­turn home Mon­day af­ter fears of ma­jor flood­ing prompted evac­u­a­tions.

At one point, an es­ti­mated 400 to 500 homes were in dan­ger as the re­sult of stormy weather that has gripped Cal­i­for­nia since late last week, trig­ger­ing mostly mi­nor flood­ing, mud­slides, road clo­sures and power out­ages.

Fore­cast­ers warned of wors­en­ing con­di­tions Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, as more storms bare down on the state and threaten to dump an­other 5 to 10 inches of rain.

In McFar­land, res­i­dent Cris­tian Abundis, who lives on a street where wa­ter had been run­ning a foot deep, re­turned from an evac­u­a­tion cen­ter and was fill­ing sand bags.

“We just want to be pre­pared,” he said, drop­ping the bags around his doors and drive­way.

Gary Farrell, gen­eral man­ager of the McFar­land Parks and Re­cre­ation District, said the flood­ing was caused when Poso Creek, which runs south of McFar­land, be­came clogged with de­bris and the creek over­flowed. Santa Fe Rail­road crews cleared the de­bris.

Else­where, a small twinengine air­plane was re­ported over­due on a 65-mile flight from Palm Springs to Chino, and the River­side County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment in­tended to con­duct a search while the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion checked with other air­ports to see if the pi­lot had di­verted, FAA spokesman Ian Gre­gor said.

The Aero Com­man­der’s trip was un­der vis­ual flight rules, mean­ing the pi­lot did not plan to talk to con­trollers.

Vir­tu­ally the en­tire state was af­fected by the bad weather. On Sun­day, rain­fall records for the date fell, nu­mer­ous traf­fic ac­ci­dents snarled roads and trees tum­bled.

Some lo­ca­tions in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia had re­ceived more than 12 inches of rain, said me­te­o­rol­o­gist Jamie Meier of the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice. It was the most rain­fall in one storm event since 2005, he said.

“That will make for a pretty good wal­lop, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing how dry things have been for the last two years,” Meier said.

The Cal­i­for­nia High­way Patrol re­ported traf­fic deaths Sun­day. A 3-yearold boy was ejected from an SUV that went out of con­trol in heavy rain in the Fresno area, and a 22-yearold man was thrown from a ve­hi­cle that crashed in the Bak­ers­field area.

As­so­ci­ated Press photo by Mark J. Ter­rill

Sand­bags and K-Rails pro­tect homes from rush­ing wa­ter in an area that sits be­low where the 2009 Sta­tion Fire oc­curred and is now in dan­ger of flood­ing, Sun­day in La Canada Flin­tridge, Calif.

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