Record rain­fall, snow in Calif.

The Republican Herald - - LOCAL - By AMANDA LEE My­ERS

LOS AN­GE­LES — Crews were busy Fri­day as­sess­ing dam­age and clean­ing up af­ter a storm that brought record rain­fall to Los An­ge­les, snow­fall to north­ern el­e­va­tions, snarled traf­fic and forced evac­u­a­tions as de­bris flows hit ar­eas burned by wild­fires.

Evac­u­a­tion or­ders were ei­ther lifted or down­graded Thurs­day night and Fri­day morn­ing as the storm moved out of the area.

That in­cludes the area of Orange County’s Trabuco Creek, which over­flowed with de­bris that took down a guardrail and over­came a nar­row bridge. Work­ers need to clear out the de­bris from the bridge and in­stall a new guardrail.

Other crews were fo­cused on Mal­ibu, where a mud­slide shut down the Pa­cific Coast High­way and sur­round­ing roads in and around neigh­bor­hoods charred by wild­fire last month that de­stroyed more than 1,000 homes and killed three peo­ple.

There were no re­ported in­juries as­so­ci­ated with the mud­slide or de­bris flows and no homes were se­ri­ously dam­aged, al­though mul­ti­ple peo­ple had to be res­cued in Los An­ge­les, Orange, River­side and San Diego coun­ties as wa­ter over­came road­ways and at times sub­merged cars. More than 300 peo­ple liv­ing in a San Diego shel­ter had to be evac­u­ated to a sta­dium.

The storm also caused sev- eral roof col­lapses and sent an air­liner skid­ding off a run­way in Bur­bank, al­though no as­so­ci­ated in­juries were re­ported.

The down­town area set a rain­fall record for the day with 1.9 inches of rain, nearly dou­ble the pre­vi­ous record set in 1997, the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice re­ported. Nor­mal monthly rain­fall for De­cem­ber is only a bit more — 2.33 inches.


Mud and de­bris fill the out­fall Thurs­day where Tran­cas Creek flows into the Pa­cific Ocean in an area burned by the Woolsey fire in Mal­ibu, Calif.

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