L.A. gets more than 5 inches of rain

January 28, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
The worst of the winter storm may be over, but not soon enough. From accidents to road closures and downed trees, the wild rains washed in a lot of trouble.In Woodland Hills, the heavy rains uprooted a half-century old pine tree on Sunday morning. The downed tree took out about five cars. Luckily, no one was hurt. Crews are now working to clean up the mess.

The National Weather Service says downtown Los Angeles has received more than 5 1/2 inches of rain in the past seven days, and we're not done yet.

A number of streets were flooded out over the weekend across Los Angeles County as a result of the rain. The weather is also being blamed for knocking out power to about 10,000 L.A. residents.

There were also some road closures due to sliding boulders out on Highway 2 in La Canada. The highway was shut down overnight after two boulders slid onto the roadway. There were no injuries and no accidents, just a lot of close calls. Highway 2 was reopened Monday morning.

It wasn't sliding rocks, but sliding cars that caused a big mess out in Pico Rivera. An 18-car pile-up backed up the 605 Freeway for miles. Fortunately, there were no critical injuries. The California Highway Patrol says speed played a factor in the pile-up.

In Hesperia, Highway 138 is shut down in both directions after a power pole came crashing down. Hesperia got slammed by not only rain but very strong winds overnight. Crews are still working to clean up that mess.

Fortunately there have been no significant mudslides in the Orange County burn areas, including Santiago, Modjeska and Silverado canyons. Voluntary evacuations have been lifted in those areas.


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