Sunday's predicted storm could call for another round of evacuations

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Robin Gehr, 77, talks with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Gonzalez, saying she has no plans to leave her hillside home, as a storm heads for California, renewing concern over mudslides in the area beneath last year's Station wildfire, in La Canada-Flintridge, Calif., Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.

As sunny skies spread above the L.A. basin today, evacuation orders for 200 homes were lifted, but officials said Sunday's predicted storm may cause renewed dislocation. Platoons of trucks and heavy equipment began hauling more debris out of flood-stricken neighborhoods, and evacuation orders were lifted today for about 200 mudslide-prone foothill homes.

The first wave of a two-part weekend weather system swept over the region with minimal problems, dropping less than a half-inch of rain in most spots. More rain is expected Sunday night.

Early today, forecasters said the brunt of the first storm had passed, though scattered showers are possible today.

No major problems were reported overnight.

Rainfall totals as of 10 p.m. Friday ranged from 0.16 of an inch at LAX to 0.28 of an inch at Hansen Dam. Curiously, most foothill and mountain area got even less. At the Eaton Canyon Wash just north of Pasadena, just 0.08 of an inch fell, and Mount Wilson recorded only 0.06 of an inch.

Sheriff's deputies ordered 42 homes in La Crescenta and 146 in La Canada Flintridge evacuated, but some residents stayed behind as they are legally entitled to do. Deputies, however, had them sign waivers.

``Of the 189 homes ordered evacuated, 95 refused, so we had about a 50 percent compliance rate,'' sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.

With more than 13 inches of rain so far this rainy season, Los Angeles is closing in on its annual norm, about 15 inches. The last time downtown Los Angeles exceeded the yearly average was in 2005-06, when a whopping 26.6 inches fell.

Local ski resorts were expected to get several new inches of snow.

County road traversing the Angeles National Forest remain closed.

Mulholland Drive is closed between Bowmont Drive and Skyline Drive because of a damaged section of road.

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