Southern California gets a storm break, but rain returns this weekend – Orange County Register

As the latest massive storm moves on, Southern Californians can expect days of sunshine, though some residents continue to clean up and dig out of the mud.

This grace period will be brief:

The National Weather Service says the region is likely to experience a repeat storm system on Monday and Tuesday. With the rain, residents could expect more dangerous flooding and mudslides.

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“People should just be aware that potentially dangerous weather is coming again,” said Casey Oswant, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “When it rains there’s always a risk of flooding – it just depends on how widespread it’s going to be.”

This week’s storm dropped a historic amount of rain in the area, with the NWS calling the rain totals “impressive” and saying the LA area hasn’t seen anything like it since January 2005.

As a result, some areas of Southern California were still recovering from the effects of the two-day downpour.

While the LA area didn’t experience the full force of the storm — unlike San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties, which saw between five and 10 inches of rain, leading to huge mudslides in some mountain communities — the region suffered only limited Damage .

In the San Fernando Valley, some Studio City neighborhoods had flooded streets covered in murky water and mud. On Fredonia Street, debris flows have trapped some residents in their homes. Los Angeles Fire Department firefighters said they checked 17 homes; none were damaged, but in one street, “about a foot of mud” pressed against a home’s rear sliding door.

In Chatsworth, a huge hole opened up on Iverson Road near where the route passes under the 118 freeway, swallowing two cars and trapping two people. Some flooding was reported in Orange County, with part of the Pacific Coast Highway briefly closed Tuesday due to rising waters and some shoreline battering.

Residents should brace themselves to see similarly dangerous weather next week, Oswant said.

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Southern California has received above-average rainfall for at least a month. As a result, much of the area is likely saturated – and the water has nowhere else to go but up.

That means more potential flooding on city streets and mudslides in canyon communities, particularly in areas that have recently experienced fires. Southern California gets a storm break, but rain returns this weekend – Orange County Register

Dais Johnston

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