Heavy Rains Bring Relief, Flooding to California

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-03_00a3ca1fb2.jpgDavid McNew/Getty Images (GLENDORA, Calif.) -- Families evacuated their homes as sandbags and barricades were placed in preparation for more rain in Southern California. Though the storm moved out of the area Friday, residents are still bracing for another round. At least one thousand homes were evacuated in the Glendora and Azusa areas, where the U.S. Postal Service suspended mail delivery. Additional mandatory evacuations were issued Friday for portions of Monrovia.

While no severe damages to homes were reported, there were at least two mudslides that created debris. Resident Matt Davis and his grandfather were about to leave their home when they realized they were unable to get out of their garage. The roads were already blocked. There was mud all over the street, Davis said, reaching up to four inches in some spots.

Southern California Edison reported 10,000 customers are without power. In Los Angeles, the Department of Water and Power reported 14,000 customers lost power, mostly in Eastern Hollywood. The LAPD extended a weather warning for school children urging them to stay away from rivers, particulary the Los Angeles River where there are frequent rescues. Fire crews came to the aid of a man and two dogs near Cypress Park on Friday morning.

Residents were hit with heavy feeding bands ahead of the storm, as the core is still over the Pacific Ocean. It's expected to move over Southern California on Saturday, and total rain accumulation could hit eight inches for some coastal hills.


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