Hillside Residents Wary of Rain

The first major rain storm of the season brought havoc to some areas of Los Angeles County.

Caltrans reported several sig alerts. Traffic was bumper to bumper in Canyon Country along southbound Highway 14. Fog created problems for drivers in Newhall Pass.

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The weather caused an unusually high number of accidents on the road. An older driver lost control of his car and plowed into Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall, nearly plunging off an indoor balcony.

"Of course, this is the first rain storm of the season," said Lt. Angela Shepherd of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "The roads are really slick during the first rain storm, so people should just be cautious and drive slow."

People in the La Canada-Flintridge area were well prepared for the rains. Back in February 2010, a mudslide damaged some homes. Now K Rails and sandbags are apart of the landscape.

"This is light rain," said jogger Terry Dearman, as she made her way up a La Canada Flintridge hill. "As the season progresses, then I'll be worried."

The rains also led to power outages.  Edison Power reported thousands left in the dark. People shopping at an Altadena pharmacy found themselves in the middle of a power outage.Despite the headaches that come with rain, many people seemed to welcome it.

"I think it is a welcome sight," said Meredith Miller of Altadena. "We need the moisture. We are tough in Altadena."

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