Heavy, Record-Breaking L.A. Rain Wreaks Havoc on Morning Commute
Flooding and mudslides close roads and force harrowing rescues.
Heavy rain continued to fall in Los Angeles on Monday morning as much of Hollywood returned to work while the weather continued wreaking havoc, creating mudslides, closing roads and causing numerous accidents.
Multiple flash flood watches are still in effect for most of Southern California on Monday, according to the Weather Service.
The National Weather Service adds: "Potential impacts include the possibility of flash flooding for all areas (mountains of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties) due to heavy downpours and isolated thunderstorms, debris flows for recent burn areas, rock and mudslides along canyon roads, urban and small stream flooding, significant travel delays, downed trees and isolated power outages, and dangerous winter driving conditions in the mountains."
Record-breaking rainfall occurred in Long Beach, according to authorities.
"Record rainfall of 3.87" was set at the LB Airport today. This rainfall sets an all-time record for LGB," according to the Long Beach Fire Department. "Previous record was 3.75" in 1995."
As of Sunday, numerous roads were impacted, with heavy flooding and trees down.
A portion of the 710 Freeway flooded and all northbound lanes were closed.
In Malibu, city officials said that Malibu Canyon Road was closed in both directions.
Debris and rocks slides were reported in the aforementioned areas.
Firefighters in San Bernardino County conducted a dramatic swift-water rescue of people whose pickup truck was trapped in surging water west of the Cajon Pass, according to the Associated Press.
In Long Beach, authorities reported some rescues occurred because people got stranded by the massive amounts of water, flooding that area.
Caltrans posted pictures of some rock and mudslides that occurred due to the weather.
Both individuals were evaluated and transported to a local area hospital! Please stay out of the flood channels! They are not a playground! pic.twitter.com/N5q7jSFriy— Long Beach Fire (@lbfd) January 23, 2017