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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Stormy weather has gripped California since late last week, triggering mostly minor flooding, mudslides, road closures and power outages.

Forecasters warned of worsening conditions Tuesday and Wednesday, as more storms bore down on the state and threatened to dump another 5 to 10 inches of rain.

Official For LA County Department of Public Works Says Catch Basins Only About 5 Percent Full, KNX 1070’s Jon Baird reports

Elsewhere, the California Highway Patrol reported two rain-related traffic deaths Sunday. A 3 year-old boy was ejected from an SUV that went out of control in heavy rain in the Fresno area, and a 22-year-old man was ejected from a vehicle that hydroplaned and crashed in the Bakersfield area.

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A small twin-engine airplane was reported overdue Monday on a 65-mile flight from Palm Springs to Chino, and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was to conduct a search while the Federal Aviation Administration checked with other airports to see if the pilot diverted, said FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.

The Aero Commander’s trip was under visual flight rules, meaning the pilot did not plan to talk to controllers.

Virtually the entire state was affected by the bad weather. On Sunday, rainfall records for the date fell, numerous traffic accidents snarled roads and trees tumbled.

Some locations in Southern California received more than 12 inches of rain, said meteorologist Jamie Meier of the National Weather Service. It was the most rainfall in one storm event since 2005, he said.

“That will make for a pretty good wallop, especially considering how dry things have been for the last two years,” Meier said.

Flash-flood watches and warnings were in effect Monday for some places, particularly mountain areas still scarred by wildfires.

Residents of La Canada Flintridge were among those keeping a wary eye on the rain after a 250 square-mile wildfire last year denuded towering slopes above communities along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
More than 40 homes in the hillside city just north of Los Angeles were damaged or destroyed by a mudslide in February.

“We’ve just had some sprinkling rains today. Occasionally it gets a littler harder but nothing to worry about,” said Del Tucker, a retired geologist who has lived in the area since homes were built there in 1962.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. crews were working to restore power to the last of about 282,000 customers that lost electricity since the storm arrived. Southern California Edison had 13,000 customers still without power Monday.

Repair crews braced for predicted winds of up to 45 mph, along with heavy rain and snow in elevated areas.

“We’re getting both rain and snow. The thing that we’re seeing right now, we’re starting to get reports of winds, and winds are what can cause more problems than the rain itself,” Edison spokesman Steve Conroy said.

Elsewhere, a 20-mile stretch of scenic Pacific Coast Highway between Malibu and Oxnard was closed to commuters after a rock and mudslide Sunday night. The California Highway Patrol said no one was hurt. PCH also was closed for a time in Orange County by a mudslide at Dana Point.

In the Inland Empire, a mudslide closed part of Interstate 215 in San Bernardino County. Areas of the county that burned recently were under close watch, said fire spokeswoman Tracey Martinez.

“We’re doing preparation because the height of the rain for our county is going to be Tuesday and Wednesday,” she said. “There’s thousands and thousands of sand bags, and I don’t know how many tons of sand we’ve placed everywhere.”

Eastbound Highway 71 in eastern Los Angeles County was closed because of potholes and flooding, and a number of mountain roads were closed.

A eucalyptus tree fell onto a home in the Woodland Hills area of Los Angeles, and a 40-foot tree toppled onto an apartment building in suburban Glendale.
In the San Bernardino Mountains, a 100-foot tree fell between two businesses in downtown Big Bear but only damaged a gazebo.

“It couldn’t have landed more perfectly if we’d planned it,” said Tiffany Swantek, a spokeswoman for the local sheriff’s station.

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Comments (17)
  1. Oscar says:

    Please fix this website It keeps refreshing in the middle of arcicles & videos .Forcing me to start over and over again .

  2. JOHN MALC says:

    I’m really not so sure the rains are that bad. Its just when the city you live in is not equipped for it, its ‘bad’.

    Take a look at the number of inches of rain. Its on par with most cities normal expectation.

    I think the issue is far more a city and land management issue than with ‘fury of mother nature’. Most cities can handle this moderate amount of rain, pretty easily. LA is a Mega city. But it is lagging behind in many ways, behind even small midwest towns.

    1. AK says:

      Agreed, Los Angeles is woefully under prepared for pretty much anything except cool breezy mid 70’s weather. Thankfully it will probably never snow here, because if it did I think we’d see fatalities and complete shut down of the city as people would be unable to access medical services and whatnot.

    2. berbie says:

      you said a mouthful

  3. DLM says:

    I agree when these lazy LA union government workers who get huge salaries and huge pensions are actually asked to work for the first time in months they dont have a clue what to do!! Minneapolis had 17 inches of snow last week, and when you saw videos of the city the free ways were clear and traffic was normal!

    1. sp says:

      Snow doesn’t cause mudslides or swift-water rescues… and it did some damage… the Metrodome roof collapse is the best example of that. LA is in an arid region with a history of flash flooding and heavy rainfall events of short duration. Most cities in the US don’t get upwards of 7 inches of rain in one storm event. Sometimes the LA area gets that much in one day, and when it does, things slide, flood, move and crash.

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  5. JRich says:

    Yeah, blame current city government for building the city on geologically unstable ground. Wait until the next large quake happens, riots and chaos like you can’t even imagine. Will that be the fault of the city government? Or will it be the fault of too many unprepared idiots with guns running amuck when their water and electricity don’t work and their houses are damaged …

  6. Sam Sindaha says:

    Sing out if you have a mud slide, with 20% unemployment here in California you are sure to get lots of volunteer help in digging out.

    1. T says:

      Correction, 14.2% unemployment and most of the officials making the decisions are elected and not in a Union. You can complain…but be accurate.

  7. lynn says:

    Make developers and owners of these hillside homes pay extra fees to cover the cost.

  8. Dave says:

    Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth Agelinos! You folks are always crying in your beer about drought (or your hash pipes) so this is your comeuppance! Enjoy the rain while you have it. Betye go sethe Archbishop and ask for pair of Jesus shoes for Christmas!

  9. Paula says:

    But we are still in a drought situation?

  10. Common Sense says:

    Geez! Put your kids in child seats or seat belt them in! This could have been an easily avoided death. They need to do PSA announcements on how to drive in the rain. The amount of people driving with no lights on and slamming on their brakes when they start to slide hurts innocent people and themselves.

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