Floods, mud­slides ham­mer wild­fire ar­eas

Tampa Bay Times - - Nation & World -

The se­cond round of a fall storm dumped snow and rain that jammed traf­fic on South­ern Cal­i­for­nia high­ways and loos­ened hill­sides in wild­fire burn ar­eas on Thurs­day. At least one ve­hi­cle got stuck in a mud­slide that shut down the Pa­cific Coast High­way and sur­round­ing roads in and around Mal­ibu neigh­bor­hoods charred by last month’s de­struc­tive fire. Cars and trucks slid in lanes amid heavy snow that forced the clo­sure of In­ter­state 5 in the Grapevine area be­tween Los An­ge­les and the San Joaquin Val­ley. The shut­down along the key north-south route was ex­pected to cause back­ups for miles, trans­porta­tion of­fi­cials warned. Up to 6 feet of snow was pre­dicted at higher el­e­va­tions. Closer to sea level, the sys­tem dumped rain that flooded high­ways and caused night­mare traf­fic con­di­tions for com­muters.

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