23 Aug 2014
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More than 10 Inches of Rain Fell in 3-Day Period

More than 10 Inches of Rain Fell in 3-Day Period

One foothill house was declared temporarily uninhabitable as evacuations ended for homes near the Colby Fire burn area and the drenching weekend storm moved out of Southern California on Sunday.

People in the final 26 evacuated homes in Azusa were given the green light to return just before noon, and flood closures along Highway 39 in lower San Gabriel Canyon were also lifted.

At least one home on Ridge View Avenue in Azusa was damaged by the rain and mud flows submerging its backyard in at least a foot of mud, according to reports from the scene.

More than 10 inches of rain fell in the fire-scarred mountains above Azusa, Glendora and Monrovia in three days.

Glendora City Manager Chris Jeffers told reporters the community will likely experience mudslides and related dangers any time it rains as the area continues to recover from January's Colby fire, which charred more than 2,000 acres.

"The damage done to our foothills is severe," Jeffers said. "Our experts that have done this assessment indicate that we're going to be at this for three to five years."

Meanwhile, a mudslide in the Hollywood Hills blocked the entrance to several homes and brought down a tree and power lines near Temple Hill Drive. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials responded to restore power in the neighborhood.

In Malibu, storm-driven waves covered much of the mile-long Zuma Beach with sand and kelp as water surged through a parking lot seawall.

As the surf swelled over the Redondo Beach Pier Saturday night, The King Harbor Yacht Club was evacuated and access to the area remained restricted.

Saturday's steady downpour dropped up to 6 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles and up to 3 inches in the coastal areas, but the storm that moved in Thursday was said to be on its way out today, according to the National Weather Service.

Organizers of tonight's Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood were so confident the worst was over they removed the tents and plastic protection that were in place to shield stars during red carpet arrivals.

At the storm's peak, thousands of Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers lost power, but most had service restored by Saturday evening.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works reported Saturday that it had captured 26 million gallons of storm water at Eaton Wash Dam for the local water supply -- good news for the drought-ravaged Southland.

The storm brought 6 to 8 inches of snow to the Mountain High resort near Wrightwood, which was open today after shutting down on Monday due to poor conditions.

—City News Service

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