Inland Empire, High Desert Brace For More Flash Flooding

LOS ANGELES ( — Several communities in the Inland Empire and the high desert braced for more flash flooding Saturday after days of heavy rainfall.

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a flash flood watch from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. for portions of southwest California, including Santa Barbara, San Bernardino, Riverside, high desert, and the mountains of Ventura, San Diego, and Los Angeles counties, with the exclusion of the Santa Monica range.

According to the NWS, scattered showers and slow-moving thunderstorms could surface by late morning or afternoon.

The downpour this week turned neighborhoods into fast-moving rivers. The deluge created havoc on the roads and caused dozens of accidents.

An RV and trailer campground in the fire-ravaged Poppet Flats was flooded Friday, forcing residents to evacuated. In Perris, a land spout even surfaced.

The unsettled weather was the result of a lingering monsoonal flow across portions of the Southland, which could clear out starting Sunday.


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