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SoCal rain: 4 lanes reopen after mudslide shuts 91 Freeway

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7:41 a.m.: 4 lanes reopen

At least four lanes have reopened Wednesday after heavy rain triggered a mudslide that shut the eastbound 91 Freeway for hours.

KTLA reports the lanes, including the FasTrak lane, were reopened by about 7:15 a.m., but according to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Koehler, the right two lanes would still be closed indefinitely as geologists assess the situation.

A “flood of rocks and mud coming down” the hillsides during overnight rain, according to NBC4. 

Vehicles caught in the debris were finally extricated almost two hours after the initial slide, according to the CHP incident log.

Aerial video showed a significant eastbound traffic backup early Wednesday as CHP officers directed drivers off the freeway near Gypsum Canyon Road. At the site of the slide, crews with heavy construction equipment attempted to remove a thick layer of mud that spanned all lanes.

7:19 a.m.: Mudslide shuts 91 Freeway lanes

The latest storm in a string of wet weather hammered Southern California overnight, unleashing heavy rain and triggering a mudslide that blocked a freeway and stranded motorists.

Flash flood warnings are in effect for many areas early Wednesday as the system moves inland. The second of back-to-back storms brought thunderstorms to the greater Los Angeles area and several inches of snow to the mountains.

A torrent of mud and rocks covered part of State Route 91 in Orange County early Wednesday. Cars and trucks were stuck for several hours, but no injuries were reported. The eastbound lanes were expected to be closed until at least 7 a.m.

The storm prompted temporary evacuations in Camarillo Springs, which was hit by mudslides last week. This time, the wildfire-scarred hillsides held above the community about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles.