Record rainfall, snow in Calif.
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.