Mudslides sweep away cars, damage L.A.-area homes

February 07, 2010

MUNICH — GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — —

Thunderous mudslides swept away cars and pushed furniture out of homes and into the streets in the foothills north of Los Angeles on Saturday as an intense winter storm brought down hillsides in areas that had been burned over in summer wildfires. At least 41 homes were seriously damaged and 500 more were ordered evacuated after heavy rains overflowed debris basins, carried away cement barricades and swept cars into storm drains. At least a foot of debris was reported in some houses. Family photographs, furniture and other personal items were spotted among the rocks and debris that flowed into yards and streets. By midmorning, the rain had tapered off, but forecasters said another storm system was expected Saturday afternoon. Evacuations were ordered in foothill areas of La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta and parts of Acton. No injuries were reported as a result of the mudslides. A downpour at sunrise followed a steady overnight rain of nearly 2 inches in a mountainous 250-square-mile scarred by wildfires last summer. The National Weather Service warned of floods likely in the foothills. Scattered power outages affected more than 10,000 customers in the Los Angeles area.

- Sun News Services

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