Entries in Mudslides (5)


Rain, Winds, Snow Wreak Havoc Along West Coast

Photo Courtesy - Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- West Coast residents are mopping up Thursday from another round of extreme weather that brought strong winds and heavy rain Wednesday to Southern California and blizzard conditions to Arizona.

Parts of Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona are under blizzard warnings Thursday morning, and some areas can expect more than a foot of snow as the storm moves into Colorado.

Southern California residents are still recovering from the last week's storm that brought nearly a year's worth of rain in a week.  Motorists faced downed trees and rolling tumbleweeds resulting from strong winds on Southern California highways and a mudslide closed parts of the 91 freeway at the Riverside County border, according to the California Highway Patrol.  Local engineers are warning communities of the threat of more mudslides and flooding.

In the San Bernardino County town of Highland, homes were already buried in mud from last week's storms.

As a result of the storms, California's acting governor, Abel Maldonado, sent a letter to President Obama requesting a disaster declaration for the state.

While the rain and snow has moved on in California, cold temperatures and strong winds remain in the storm's wake.  A wind warning has been issued for Thursday night into early Friday morning for the passes and canyons near Los Angeles, where near-hurricane strength winds are possible.

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Wet West Aftermath: California Communities Buried in Mud

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAGUNA BEACH, Calif.) -- Southern California residents will get a break Thursday from the wet weather that inundated the region with a year's worth of rain in just one week.

The series of storms that has pounded the area since last week has triggered mudslides, flooding and swift water rescues, and prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency for six counties.  But as the rain subsides and heads east, the clean-up begins for areas hit the hardest by the strongest part of Wednesday's storm.

In Laguna Beach, a wall of water four feet high poured through downtown, bringing with it a tide of mud.  The heavy water has made driving nearly impossible near the Pacific coast, with puddles the size of lakes forcing road closures.

On Wednesday morning, a mudslide devastated the town of Highland, near the foothills of the San Bernardino Mountains.  Most of the residents' cars are now buried in mud, and more than 20 homes were destroyed in an instant.

Elsewhere, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works lifted evacuation orders Wednesday night for La Canada Flintridge and La Cresenta.  Earlier, officials Tuesday went door to door telling more than 200 homeowners in the area that it was not safe to remain there.

Forecasters say the storm is now moving east.  Arizona, Utah, and Nevada are under a flash flood watch with an additional three to six inches of rain possible from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

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California Storm: Evacuations Ordered, State of Emergency Declared

Photo Courtesy - Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- Southern California authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders for residents in mudslide-prone areas Tuesday night ahead of more heavy rain Wednesday.

The extreme weather conditions prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency for six counties in the Greater Los Angeles region.  The counties affected are Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo and Tulare.

Officials went door to door telling more than 200 homeowners in the foothill areas of La Canada Flintridge and La Cresenta that it was not safe to remain there.

If residents refuse the mandatory evacuation, officials make them sign papers acknowledging they are on their own.

Southern California has been hit hard by heavy rains since the weekend, creating scores of accidents and prompting residents to evacuate.

Weather forecasters predict the strongest in the series of storms will hit Southern California early Wednesday morning.

Los Angeles can expect three to six more inches of rain through Wednesday.

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California Braces for More Rain, Possible Mudslides

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/Google Earth/NOAA(LOS ANGELES) -- From the mountains to the foothills, California residents are bracing for another round of heavy rain and threats of mudslides. For the past week, residents faced relentless rainfall along with snow and high winds.

In the northern part of the state, the storm knocked out power to thousands of customers, according to local utility companies. Southern California has been hit hard by heavy rains since the weekend, creating scores of accidents and forcing residents to prepare to evacuate.

The Pacific Coast Highway near Malibu has been blocked with mudslides and rocks.

Los Angeles can expect three-to-six more inches of rain through Wednesday.

Over the weekend in Anaheim, Disneyland received about four inches of rain and Hollywood received more than five inches of rain -- the most since the 1920s. Lake Tahoe reported nearly nine feet of snow.

While California was pounded with rain, there were pileups in Spokane, Washington, as one car after another skidded helplessly into the snow mess on Monday. Las Vegas and southern Utah are expected to receive another one to two inches of rain on Tuesday.

Forecasters say the storm is moving east, bringing a white Christmas to places like Fargo, North Dakota and much of Minnesota.

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West Coast Braces for Heavy Rain, Snow

Photo Courtesy - ABC News/KABC-TV Los Angeles(LOS ANGELES) -- The west coast is getting hit with the first of what is predicted to be a series of strong storms over the next four to five days. California is forecast to get heavy rains and strong winds, with significant snow totals in parts.

Mudslides are of concern in the Los Angeles area where K-rail concrete barriers have been assembled in parts to defend homes from the flow of water. Areas east and west of the city are expecting a foot or more of rain.

Snow could reach up to 10 feet in parts of the Sierra, while it's expected to total nearly a half-foot around Tahoe, an area which could see 15 inches by the middle of next week.

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