Floods, mud­slides as storm wal­lops South­ern Cal­i­for­nia

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - NEWS -

LOS AN­GE­LES >> 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 Pa­cific Coast High­way and sur­round­ing roads in and around Mal­ibu neigh­bor­hoods charred by last month’s de­struc­tive fire.

Kirby Kotler and his neigh­bors spent days be­fore the storm stack­ing some 18,000 sand­bags be­hind their homes along the high­way — only to see mud, water and rocks blow through the line of de­fense and across their prop­er­ties. He wielded water hoses to beat back the flames in Novem­ber. On Thurs­day, he used a trac­tor. He was con­cerned about a pos­si­ble mud­slide.

No­body was hurt when a South­west Air­lines plane from Oak­land skid­ded off a wet run­way as it landed dur­ing down­pours at Hol­ly­wood Bur­bank Air­port.

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