7 Feb 2009, 3:46pm
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More Mudslides, Floods in Wildfire-Ravaged Southern California

AP, Fox News, February 07, 2009 [here]

LOS ANGELES — Stormy weather is still threatening floods and mudslides in areas of Southern California that were burned bare by wildfires.

The National Weather Service has issued flash flood watches through Saturday afternoon for burn areas as well as for valleys, foothills and coastal areas from Ventura to San Diego counties and the Inland Empire.

Meteorologists say the second wave of a Pacific storm front could dump an inch of rain or more, with showers, isolated thunderstorms and possible lightning strikes.

Jamie Meier, a weather service meteorologist in Oxnard, says some Los Angeles County foothills have received more than 4 inches of rain since the first wave of storms moved in Thursday.

On Friday, a mudslide inundated streets in the Sierra Madre foothills northeast of downtown Los Angeles, closing some streets for several hours. Another slide left about 3 feet of mud on a road in the San Fernando Valley community of Sylmar. … [more]

Mudslides Trounce Folks in Sylmar and Sierra Madre

NBCLosAngeles.com, February 07, 2009 [here]

Sylmar, Calif. – Persistent rain finally loosened soil Friday night in the hills above Sylmar creating several mudslides.

The worst rain-related slide occurred in Lopez Canyon near Baily Road shortly after 8 p.m. People scrambled to get out of the canyon Friday night. At least two cars were trapped in a debris flow. There were no reported injuries.

The huge “Sayre Fire” burned through the hills above Sylmar in November of last year stripping the landscape and creating conditions that promote mudslides during heavy rains. … [more]

Note: fires last year near Sylmar and the San Fernando Valley include the Sayre Fire (11,234 acres) [here], the Marek Fire (4,824 acres) [here], and the Sesnon Fire (14,703 acres) [here].



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