Southern Ca. Faces Rain, Mud, Tornado

May 22, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
While the wildfire is forcing evacuations in Northern California, rain and mud is driving people from their homes in the southern part of the state.Torrential downpours are causing dangerous mudslides.

Despite the evacuation order, some people can't leave their homes because mud and debris are already blocking the road.

The slides are in the same canyons burned by wildfires last fall.

So far, no one's been hurt.

The same weather system actually dropped a little snow higher in the mountains. At the same time, the evening commute is swamped - literally. All but a lane and a half in the westbound direction is flooded.

Both sides of the freeway there slowed to a crawl. Workers were called out in an attempt to clear the drain.


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