LA rain: 40 people rescued from flash flood in Riverside County

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10:12 a.m.: Number of people rescued revised up

Authorities now say about 40 people were rescued from vehicles trapped by flash floods in a Southern California community at the tail end of a three-day storm.

Riverside County Fire Department officials say multiple vehicles got stuck shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday as several feet of mud and water roared over rural roads near Gilman Hot Springs about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

Officials initially said 14 motorists were rescued by a swift water rescue crew.

No injuries were reported. Several cars and SUV remained stuck in mud by late morning, some with only their roofs exposed.

The weakening storm brought three days of rain to California. There was some flooding and evacuations near hillsides stripped bare by wildfires, but the Los Angeles area avoided major damage despite some huge rainfall totals.

8:10 a.m.: 14 people rescued from flash flood in Riverside County

Authorities say 14 people were rescued after their cars became stranded in a flash flood in a Riverside community during the third straight day of rain.

KABC-TV reports five vehicles got stuck shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday as several feet of mud and water roared over a rural road near Gilman Hot Springs in Riverside County.

California Highway Patrol Sgt. Adrian Horta says he was able to drive his SUV alongside one car and pull a man and woman out through the driver's side window.

"I had her crawl out the window and into my patrol vehicle, along with an adult male," Horta told NBC4, which posted the following video:

 

A swift water rescue crew rescued the remaining people. 

No injuries were reported. Roads around the flooded area are closed.

A weakening Pacific storm has brought days of rain to drought-stricken California, triggering some freeway flooding and likely opening sinkholes but not producing major damage.

With contributions from KPCC staff

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