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The latest in road closures due to flooding and mudflow

By John Adams
|  Saturday, Feb 6, 2010  |  Updated 2:30 PM PDT
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The Latest Traffic and Weather Updates

Make sure you know the latest road closures before you head out the door.

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Steady rain overnight has triggered a handful of problems for Los Angeles drivers and homeowners.

Check back for the latest traffic conditions and road closures.

Traffic Report by Sigalert.com

Traffic & Storm Updates:

2:29 P.M.
State Route 74 is closed between Hemet and the Route 243 junction south of Idyllwild, due to mudflows and rockslides. The California Highway Patrol is on the scene and Caltrans is en route to clear the debris.

2:14 P.M.
The National Weather Service has extended flash flood warnings for the Station Fire burn area, above La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta and nearby areas, through at least 4:15 p.m.

2:08 P.M.
Chains are required on Big Pines Highway, between the Antelope Valley and Wrightwood, as snow is reported on the road above the 5,500-foot elevation. Roads in the Wrightwood and Mountain High areas are snowpacked, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works reports.

Poor road conditions, and numerous fender bender crashes, are also reported on Mount Baldy Road near Mount Baldy Village.

1:59 P.M.
The Ortega Highway has washed out, closing state Route 74 between San Juan Capistrano and Lake Elsinore. CHP officers say the twisting roadway has completely eroded away in storms.

1:46 P.M.
Malibu Canyon Road has just been closed due to a rockslide just south of the tunnel. It is closed from the Hughes Research Lab to Piuma Road.

To the east, Topanga Canyon Boulevard remains closed due to flooding between the village of Topanga and Pacific Coast Highway.

Kanan-Dume Road is open between PCH and the Ventura Freeway (101), although a mudslide is reported near Sierra Creek Road.

1:33 P.M.
About 6,600 Department of Water and Power customers were without power at mid-afternoon because of the storm, said a DWP spokesperson.

About 5,600 of those customers were scattered throughout the metro area, said DWP spokesperson Maryanne Pierson.

The other 1,000 or so DWP customers were in the San Fernando Valley, Pierson said.

More than 9,000 DWP customers were without power earlier today, she said.

Extra crews were working to restore power, she said. 

1:29 P.M.
Los Angeles firefighters have just radioed in a report that a  large sinkhole is trapping vehicles at Sunset Boulevard at Gower Street, in  Hollywood.

1:23 P.M.
The National Weather Service has extended flash flood warnings from the San Gabriel Mountains between Sierra Madre and Azusa, below the Morris and Santa Anita burn areas, until 2:45 p.m.

12:52 P.M.
The National Weather Service has extended flood warnings for areas below the San Gabriel Mountain burn areas through at least 2:15 p.m.

12:11 P.M.
The National Weather Service has extended flood warnings for the San Gabriel Mountain burn areas until 1:30 p.m.

12:07 P.M.
Officials in Sierra Madre issued evacuation orders for foothill areas endangered by potential mud flow areas, said a city spokesperson.

The following locations are now under a mandatory evacuation  order, and the streets are closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic:

  • all streets above Churchill Avenue and Canyon Crest Drive;
  • all streets above Brookside Lane and Sturtevant Drive;
  • all streets above Lotus Lane and Camillo Street; and
  • the private sections of Auburn Avenuen and above Elm Street.

11:32 A.M.
At least 41 houses have been damaged by mudflows, mostly in Pickens Canyon, and a second wave of evacuations is about to be ordered, said the Los Angeles County fire department.

10:50 A.M.
Topanga Canyon Road has been closed north of Pacific Coast Highway and south of Grand View Drive in Topanga due to a mudslide, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.

10:50 A.M.
[UPDATED] The National Weather Service has again extended the Flash Flood Warning for the foothills below burn areas, from Sierra Madre east to Azusa,  until 12:15 p.m.

10:17 A.M.
The National Weather Service has just extended the Flash Flood Warning for the foothills below burn areas, from Sierra Madre east to Azusa, until 11:45 a.m.

10:13 A.M.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is sending an Urban Search and Rescue Team to the mudslide area of Nichols Canyon Road and Dresden Drive in  the Hollywood Hills as a precautionary measure, said LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey.

10:07 A.M.
There is nearly a foot of mud blocking the intersection of Samoa ave and Owens in Tujunga, according to a local resident.

9:56 A.M.
The transition from the southbound Pasadena Freeway (110) to the  northbound Hollywood Freeway (101) near downtown Los Angeles has been closed due to flooding, said California Highway Patrol Officer  Francisco Villalobos.

9:39 A.M.
As many as seven houses were destroyed by a deluge of mud flowing from fire-scarred, rain-soaked mountains above La Canada  Flintridge.

9:38 A.M.
Flooding is reported in stores along Melrose Avenue near Vine Street near Hollywood.  A businessman said more than a foot of water entered buildings near Gardner Avenue at Melrose.

9:30 A.M.
A TV helicopter crew reports that at least seven homes have been destroyed in Pickens Canyon. Additional newscrews reported that numerous vehicles were destroyed along Ocean View Boulevard.

8:45 A.M.
The National Weather Service has extended the flood advisory for the Los Angeles area until 10:45 a.m. It had been scheduled to expire at 8:45.

8:40 A.M.
Approximately six homes are now under mandatory evacuation orders near Ocean  View Boulevard at Manistee Drive, in La Canada Flintridge. Los  Angeles County sheriff's deputies are walking to the houses, and calling them  on the phone, to deliver the order to get out.

8:36 A.M.
A guest house is in danger of washing away on Nichols Canyon Road at Dresden Drive in the Hollywood Hills, according to a resident.

8:33 A.M.
There is a report of mud and debris flow two miles down the road from the Station burn area at Oceanview and Foothill Blvd.  K-rails and cars were moved down the road by flowing debris.  The mud and debris is knee-deep in places, according to reports.

8:25 A.M.
Flooding is reported in the lower level of the Four Level  Interchange, near the Los Angeles Civic Center. Traffic is reportedly driving around the pond on the embankment, on the ramp from the northbound Harbor  Freeway (110) to the northbound Hollywood Freeway (101). 

8:10 A.M.
A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said Nichols Canyon Road is closed at Dresden Drive due to mudflow.

7:52 A.M.
The California Highway Patrol has closed the Long Beach Freeway (710) in both directions at Willow Street due to flooding.

7:18 A.M.
There is major debris flow reported near Castle Road at Escalante Drive.  Reports said a home is buried in mud up to the windows.  Two people were trapped inside the home for a short period of time but no one was injuried.

6:53 A.M.
Hydroplaning is being blamed in part for three fatalities in two separate crashes overnight.

In Santa Clarita, a hydroplaning vehicle on the Golden State Freeway (5) stuck another vehicle south of Calgrove Boulevard about 9:40 Friday night and sent it off an overpass plunging 80 to 100 feet to The Old Road below.

In the city of Industry about 4:40 a.m., two people were killed in a hydroplaning pickup truck on the westbound Pomona Freeway (60) near the Crossroads Parkway exit.

6:35 A.M.
Blanchard Canyon Road in the northwest San Fernando Valley also was reportedly impassable due to a mudflow.

3:30 A.M.
Steady rain overnight triggered a mudslide in La Canada Flintridge and prompted some evacuations, but apparently no homes were damaged on Fairhurst Drive near Rock Castle Drive, where mud covered part of the road.

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