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Evacuations Downgraded to Voluntary in Lake Elsinore Storm Area, Lifted in Trabuco Canyon

Evacuation orders triggered by heavy rains and debris flow in Lake Elsinore were downgraded to voluntary by Friday morning while mandatory orders were lifted in Trabuco Canyon.

Following a storm throughout Southern California, rainy conditions weakened as evacuations were lifted for residents in Orange County. Those living in Trabuco Creek faced mandatory orders that were later lifted, along with voluntary evacuations for residents in nearby Rose Creek and the Mystic Oaks/El Cariso North areas, O.C. sheriff's officials said.

All neighborhoods within the evacuated area of Lake Elsinore were affected by the downgrade, officials told KTLA, while heavy layers of mud and debris flow continued covering some entire streets in the city, keeping cars from getting through.

On Thursday, heavy rains triggered freeway closures and resulted in sliding boulders hitting vehicles driving along canyonside roads in the Malibu area. Officials closed Malibu Canyon Road at Pluma Road to southbound traffic after one truck was struck.

Areas left burned by the Woolsey and Hills fires were under flash flood warnings near the Los Angeles-Ventura County line while a stretch of the Pacific Coast Highway was closed due to mudslides before reopening by 5 p.m.

By that time, the 2-day rainfalls totals were between 2 and nearly 5 inches for areas throughout Los Angeles County while Ventura County saw less rain. The highest 2-day total was 2.69 inches in one area of the mountains, according to the National Weather Service.


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