Cal­i­for­nia es­capes ma­jor dam­age from Thurs­day down­pour

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - News - As­so­ci­ated Press

A ma­jor storm brought lo­cal­ized mud­slides and street flood­ing to Cal­i­for­nia and some peo­ple had to be res­cued from stranded ve­hi­cles, but the fire-scarred state es­caped large-scale dam­age.

Flash flood waters re­ceded in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia and crews on Fri­day cleared de­bris from roads, cul­verts and lev­ees that flooded in Chico, said Butte County spokes­woman Kelly Hub­bard.

De­bris flowed down­hill from Par­adise, a town de­stroyed by a wild­fire three weeks ago, to Chico dur­ing a down­pour Thurs­day that dumped 11⁄2 inches of rain in an hour, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice said.

The rain ham­mered roads, trap­ping peo­ple in about 100 ve­hi­cles and forc­ing some evac­u­a­tions in Chico, a city of 90,000 where many Par­adise evac­uees are stay­ing.

All roads closed dur­ing the emer­gency were opened by Fri­day, and the Butte County Sher­iff’s Of­fice said manda­tory evac­u­a­tions for homes in low-ly­ing ar­eas are now evac­u­a­tion warn­ings.

Light show­ers were fore­cast for later Fri­day in the Sierra Ne­vada, where snow was ex­pected in lower el­e­va­tions, ac­cord­ing to the weather ser­vice, which is­sued a win­ter storm warn­ing for the Sierra to go into ef­fect Fri­day night through Satur­day morn­ing.

All evac­u­a­tion or­ders were lifted for res­i­dents near a South­ern Cal­i­for­nia wild­fire burn scar.

Or­ange and River­side County author­i­ties re­moved re­stric­tions Fri­day morn­ing as fair weather re­turned af­ter a storm that brought heavy rains to a moun­tain­ous area burned ear­lier this year. Else­where in the re­gion, the city of Mal­ibu re­ports that all but one of the streets hit by a mud­slide Thurs­day have been re­opened.

IR­FAN KHAN Los An­ge­les Times via AP

Corona fire­man Charlie Apo­daca places sand bags at a busi­ness to pro­tect it from flood­ing along Temescal Canyon Road on Thurs­day in Corona, Calif.

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