LA rain: Mandatory Camarillo Springs evacuations lifted; power outage at Burbank airport

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A late autumn rain storm has blanketed Southern California. There were evacuations in Camarillo Springs, but homes in the area have been spared from damage. There have also been road closures as residents in areas prone to mudslides and flooding braced for the wet weather, as well as a flash flood warning in San Bernardino County.

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Update 7:02 p.m. Car hangs precariously in Mount Washington

An unoccupied car was hanging precariously from a narrow road this afternoon in Mount Washington on Tuesday afternoon amid a pre-winter storm, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the L.A. Fire Department, told KPCC that there were teams trying to remove the car hanging from the road early this evening.

In Northern California, officials were scrambling to control erosion following fires in the mountains east of Sacramento and near Yosemite National Park, the Associated Press reports.

The weather caused flights delays San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport, according to the AP. Flooding on Interstate 405 briefly shut down two southbound lanes south of Los Angeles.

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Update 6:09 p.m. Mandatory Camarillo Springs evacuations lifted; power outage at Burbank airport

The mandatory evacuations in Ventura County's Camarillo Springs area have been lifted, according to a release from the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. However, a voluntary evacuation order remains in place for those residents, whose homes are below the Springs Fire burn area.

There was a power outage reported at Burbank's Bob Hope Airport, ABC7 reports, closing Terminal A's security checkpoint.

The National Weather Service says rainfall records set in the 1960s fell Tuesday in parts of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Camarillo, Oxnard, Palmdale and Lancaster. Downtown L.A. got 1.15 inches of rain Tuesday, breaking the old record of 1.10 set in 1961.

Glendora has installed additional K-rail concrete barriers  along East Sierra Madre Avenue at Yucca Ridge Road to manage the flow of mud that might come off the hillsides.

Closures in Ventura County's Camarillo Springs neighborhood include these streets:

  • Gitana Avenue closed in both directions between Camarillo Springs Road & San Como Lane in Camarillo
  • San Como Lane closed in both directions in Camarillo

Other Ventura County street that are closed, according to VCemergency.com, include:

  • Pacific Coast Highway between Yerba Buena Road and Los Posas Road
  • Matilija Canyon Road closed in both directions from Highway 33 in Ojai
  • Church Street closed in both directions between Center Street & Market Street in Piru
  • Harbor Boulevard is closed in both directions between Sanjon Road and California Street in Ventura

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Update 3:55 p.m. Flash flood warning issued in San Bernardino County

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning in effect until 7 p.m. for southwestern San Bernardino County, including the city of Yucaipa. The warning comes after persistent heavy rains have been falling in the small rural communities of Forest Falls on the lower slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains.

With rain falling at the rate of an inch per hour, Mill Creek has begun to overflow, endangering that community as well, the weather service report says.

Bob Middleton, a chimney sweep who lives with his family in the rural community of Forest Falls, was monitoring the harsh weather and the flash flood warning. He lives off Highway 38, about 100 feet from Mill Creek in a community of 800 to 1,200 full-time residents.

Middleton saw Mill Creek overflow its banks about 2 p.m., but the water then quickly subsided. The water was muddy but stayed within the creek channel, he said.

"A lot of us we really watch the radars," Middleton said. "We get some cells that come through in the middle of the night and that can be a problem, but you just [have to kind of] play it by ear."

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Update 2:05 p.m. Camarillo Springs homes spared from damage so far

No homes have been damaged as mud and debris flowed into one Ventura County Neighborhood today.

Ventura County Sheriff's Department Captain Don Aguilar said Monday's voluntary evacuation of the San Como neighborhood of Camarillo Springs helped with today's exodus.

"They started gathering their belongings last night and they were really ready at the go today when we started doing the mandatory evacuations," Aguilar said.

A shelter has been opened at a nearby church. A time for families to return to their homes won't be set until the rain stops and officials can evaluate the area's safety.

The evacuated homes sit at the base of a steep hillside that was burned in the 2013 Springs fire. One home was damaged by a mudslide last month.

Meanwhile, Glendora residents have hauled 18,000 sandbags from city sandlots to their homes and businesses in the ramp up to Tuesday's rainstorm. 

Glendora City Manager Chris Jeffers said the city's heaviest rainfall was expected between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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Update 1:05 p.m. Avoid L.A. County beaches for the next 3 days, environmental group warns

Environmental group Heal The Bay warned local residents to avoid Los Angeles County beaches for at least 72 hours. Storm drains channel rainwater to the ocean, but they also channel months of debris and runoff filled with bacteria into the Santa Monica and San Pedro bays, the organization said in a press release.

The pollution poses a risk to human health, harms marine life and adversely affects tourism, according to the organization. The most common sickness in humans caused by the pollution is stomach flu.

"It’s depressing to see all the waste on our shorelines [after a storm]," Heal The Bay president Alix Hobbs said in the press release. "But it’s just as depressing to think about all that rainwater we are wasting. In a time of drought, we have to do a better job of using the water we already have."

Heal The Bay suggests that the 10 billion gallons of water form an average L.A. storm could be filtered to produce cheaper drinking water.

The waste is also contributed to by nearly 1 million cigarette butts being left on the ground each month as well as 82,000 instances of dog poop that aren't picked up, according to Heal The Bay, citing L.A. County Department of Public Works estimates.

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Update 11:55 a.m. Pacific Coast Highway closed at Sunset; Evacuations in Camarillo Springs

Dangling and burning power lines hanging over Pacific Coast Highway just east of Sunset Boulevard caused the road to be shut down in both directions on either side of Sunset, according to a message posted on Twitter by Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power tweeted that approximately 400 customers are currently affected by power outages. 

Mandatory evacuations have been ordered for some streets in Camarillo at San Como Lane and North San Como Lane near Lada Avenue, according to Capt. Scott Dettore of the Ventura County Fire Department, NBC4 reports. About 50 homes are under evacuation, according to a map put out by Ventura County.

Pacific Coast Highway is closed between Yerba Buena Road and Los Posas Road, and the Calvary Church of Camarillo at 380 Mobil Avenue has opened as an evacuation center. There are no school closures at this time, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Department

KPCC staff

11:45 a.m. Residents brace for flooding, mudslides

Southern California residents were bracing Tuesday for the possibility of flash flooding and mudslides as a Pacific storm brought heavy rain and gusty winds to the area.

Coastal and valley communities were expected to see between 1 and 3 inches of rain, and up to 6 inches were expected in the foothills and mountains, according to the National Weather Service. Wind gusts of 35 mph to 50 mph could also be seen along the coast and in the mountains.

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"This is the biggest storm of this year's rain season," which started July 1, Andrew Rorke, senior forecaster with the National Weather Service in Oxnard, told the Los Angeles Times. "It’s just a big ol' storm. The entire state is going to be covered with rain today."

Local authorities warned residents near recent wildfire burn areas to prepare for possible flooding and debris flows.

According to the weather service, those burn areas include:

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Voluntary evacuations in the city of Glendora near the Colby burn area went into effect at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

NBC4 reports voluntary evacuations were also in place for the Ventura County community of Camarillo and the Silverado Canyon burn area in Orange County.

County sheriff and fire officials worked with occupants of some 50 residential parcels in Silverado Canyon to move their horses and other large animals on Monday, and to spread the word of the voluntary evacuations for Tuesday.

A temporary shelter opened Tuesday at El Modena High School in Orange to receive residents of Silverado Canyon observing the voluntary evacuation, said Shannon Widor, spokesman for the Orange County Emergency Operations Center. Silverado Canyon was the site of a wildfire in mid-September, and similar evacuations were staged last month during rainy weather. That experience helped to smooth the way for Tuesday's evacuation, Widor said. 

Los Angeles County Public Works announced that it planned to close bike paths Tuesday, including ones along the: 

  • Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers
  • Rio Hondo, Domingues and Santa Anita Channels
  • Compton, Coyote and Ballona Creeks
  • Arroyo Seco Channel between Pasadena and Los Angeles

Most of the paths run directly alongside huge drainage channels that can fill with mud, debris and water during a storm. Some of the waterways are fenced off, but others are accessible to cyclists and pedestrians who use the paths.

Residents of the Santa Monica Mountains were warned about the possibility of mud and rocks covering local roads, including:

  • Pacific Coast Highway
  • Kanan Road
  • Malibu Canyon Road
  • Topanga Canyon Boulevard

Map of burn areas

(Source: GeoMAC)

Los Angeles County residents can report street flooding or debris flows they observe to the Public Works Department dispatch line at (626) 458-4357. Additionally, Los Angeles city residents can call 3-1-1 or (213) to report property damage that might require an inspection or response by city officials.

KPCC staff

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This story has been updated.

Clarification: Some of the photos in the slideshow on this story depicted a home that was declared uninhabitable on Nov. 1.

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