Floods, mudslides hammer wildfire areas
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.