Heavy Rain Prompts Flash-Flood Warnings, Evacuations in SoCal

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Ventura County officials were going door-to-door early on Dec. 17, 2014, as mandatory evacuations went into affect in the area mid a flash flood warning. (Credit: KTLA)

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Intense, heavy downpours overnight Tuesday prompted flash flood warnings in recent burn areas in Los Angeles and Ventura counties and mandatory evacuations in Camarillo Springs.

Ventura County officials were going door-to-door early on Dec. 17, 2014, as mandatory evacuations went into affect in the area mid a flash flood warning. (Credit: KTLA)
Ventura County officials were going door-to-door early on Dec. 17, 2014, as mandatory evacuations went into affect in the area mid a flash flood warning. (Credit: KTLA)

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service in the Colby Fire Burn Area of Glendora at around 4:20 a.m. Wednesday.

It was initially scheduled to expire at 6 a.m., but the weather service canceled it 5 a.m. after the main band of rain passed through the area without incident.

City officials had previously raised the alert level in the burn area from green to yellow in anticipation of two storms that were forecast to hit.

No mandatory evacuation orders were issued, but rain-related parking restrictions were in effect in the burn area.

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Late Tuesday, a flash flood warning in Camarillo Springs prompted Ventura County Office of Emergency Information to issue mandatory evacuations for 124 homes on San Como Lane, Gitana Avenue and Itamo Lane.

The Springs Fire area, which was hit hard by a storm last week, had been under a voluntary mandatory evacuation order.

All evacuations were lifted as of 3:15 a.m. after a thunderstorm passed through the area without reports of any mud or debris flow.

A flash-flood watch that had been in effect in Los Angeles County was also canceled shortly around 5:15 a.m.

On Tuesday afternoon, a heavy burst of rain amid a flash-flood warning in Torrance left streets and sidewalks flooded. Multiple vehicles were disabled and had to be towed.

Several businesses in the area were also inundated with water.

While homes appeared to have been spared in the latest round of rain, the wet weather overnight caused a number of traffic-related problems in the area, including the closure of all eastbound lanes on the 91 Freeway through Anaheim Hills after a torrent of mud and rocks fell from the soaked mountainside.

A SigAlert was issued by the California Highway Patrol on the westbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena after a big rig lost control and jackknifed, temporarily blocking multiple lanes. By 3 a.m., all lanes had been reopened.

In addition to rain, the storm also brought fresh snow overnight to mountain areas including Big Bear, Wrightwood and Frazier Park.

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