Rain floods streets

Flood­ing on Sierra High­way prompts road clo­sure and evac­u­a­tions

The Signal - - Front page - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

Flood­ing caused by heavy rain forced the clo­sure of Sierra High­way, be­tween Mir­ror Way and Hill­field Lane, Thurs­day morn­ing, and the evac­u­a­tion of at least two homes.

Rain-drenched road­ways in and around the Santa Clarita Val­ley con­trib­uted to sev­eral spin-outs and solo ve­hi­cle traf­fic col­li­sions in­clud­ing a crash in the south­bound lanes of High­way 14, just north of Es­con­dido Canyon Road, and a crash on a snowy High­way 138 near Pines Road, which shut down traf­fic in both direc­tions.

Mud­slides were re­ported in some of the more re­mote canyons, but on none of the ma­jor thor­ough­fares, Of­fi­cer Josh Green­gard of the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol said Thurs­day.

“With this wet weather peo­ple need to slow down,” he said. “Brak­ing dis­tance gets fur­ther away.”

CHP closed the on-ramp to the north­bound lanes of I-5 on Lake Hughes.

By mid-af­ter­noon, how­ever, both Sierra High­way and In­ter­state 5 had been re­opened af­ter a very wet morn­ing.

Shortly af­ter 10 a.m., fol­low­ing a con­stant down­pour of rain in the

SCV, a stretch of Sierra High­way be­came flooded, forc­ing its clo­sure.

“We are work­ing on get­ting it open,” Shirley Miller, spokes­woman for the SCV Sher­iff’s Sta­tion, said at the time.

About noon, north­bound lanes on Sierra High­way were opened to traf­fic, while one lane of the south­bound high­way re­mained closed. The se­cond south­bound high­way lane per­mit­ted only in­ter­mit­tent traf­fic, said Sgt. Chris Shoe­maker, who over­sees the Traf­fic Sec­tion of the SCV Sher­iff’s Sta­tion.

“We’ve had a few crashes,” he said, not­ing no re­ports of in­jury.

Deputies evac­u­ated homes along the 17800 block of Sierra High­way.

The CHP, mean­while, is­sued snow-prompted road clo­sures for SCV high­ways as part of its Oper­a­tion Snowflake.

The CHP re­ceived no­ti­fi­ca­tion from Cal­trans that snow lev­els are ex­pected to fall be­low both the 4,144-foot el­e­va­tion of the Te­jon Pass on I-5 and the 3,258-foot el­e­va­tion of the Es­con­dido Sum­mit on High­way 14, Green­gard said Thurs­day.

“Con­se­quently, I-5 and High­way 14 travel could be im­pacted near the Grapevine and other low-el­e­va­tion moun­tain passes and por­tions of the An­te­lope Val­ley as well as Ac­ton/Agua Dulce ar­eas, re­spec­tively, due to snow ac­cu­mu­la­tions and icy road con­di­tions,” he said.

“His­tor­i­cally, on very rare oc­ca­sions the snow level has dropped low enough to re­quire the clo­sure of High­way 14 in Ac­ton/Agua Dulce ar­eas,” Green­gard said.

“Mo­torists who plan on trav­el­ing through the area should fa­mil­iar­ize them­selves with po­ten­tial al­ter­nate routes,” he said.

Gen­er­ally, al­ter­nate routes for trav­el­ers are High­way 126 to High­way 101 to High­way 166 to I-5, or High­way 14 to High­way 58 to High­way 99.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

Juan Mar­quez of Gothic Land­scap­ing loads sand bags into a truck af­ter flood­ing oc­curred on Sierra High­way near Adon Av­enue in Canyon Coun­try on Thurs­day. The floods caused road clo­sures and evac­u­a­tions.

(Above) Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal (Be­low) Jeff Zim­mer­man/For The Sig­nal

(Above) A man stands in the door­way of a house next to a con­struc­tion site af­ter flood­ing oc­curred on Sierra High­way, near Adon Av­enue, in Canyon Coun­try on Thurs­day. (Be­low) Two men work to ad­just chains on the front set of tires on their Nis­san Versa as an­other man pumps gas at the Chevron fuel sta­tion near the in­ter­sec­tion of Gor­man School and Gor­man Post roads in Gor­man dur­ing a snow­storm.

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