LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Residents of the Antelope Valley and eastern mountains of Los Angeles County Monday were warned of more potential flash flooding activity.
KNX 1070’s Vytas Safronikas reports the warning comes after streets were closed following heavy rains in and around the Coachella Valley over the weekend.
Up to three inches of rain fell in a single hour in some desert areas due to a surge of moisture from the remnants of tropical storm Ivo moving through the region, according to CBS2 Chief Meteorologist Josh Rubenstein.
Road crews Monday were working to clear flooding that shut down roads in Morongo Valley after a mud slide on Highway 62.
La Quinta saw more than two inches of rain, while mud flow triggered a rock slide on Route 74 in Palm Desert.
The floods also reportedly claimed the life of a 77-year old woman, who was attempting to cross the road in her pickup truck. She was found two miles away, still secured in her seat belt.
“Unfortunately its very common,” San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Matt Anderson said. “It’s really deceiving. The flow may be a little as, like we said, 6 to 18 inches. At that point, (people) may still think that the road is still solid underneath and they don’t realize that they can be washed away that fast.”
A Flash Flood Watch remained in effect Monday for mountains in Los Angeles County and Antelope Valley, as well as the inland areas of San Bernardino and Riverside counties.
As Ivo moves towards the Antelope Valley, meteorologist David Sweet with the National Weather Service said residents in northeast Los Angeles County can take steps to stay safe.
“The best thing to do in a flooding situation is to move to higher ground…and avoid driving through roadways covered by water,” Sweet said.
The Flash Flood Watch was expected to be in effect through Tuesday evening.
No injuries have been reported.