Lake Hughes

Dozens Rescued From Vehicles Stuck in Lake Hughes-Area Mudslide

A late-summer storm drenched parts of Southern California over the weekend.

A photo from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department shows mud on Elizabeth Lake Road in Lake Hughes.

Firefighters and helicopters were busy Sunday night rescuing about 50 people who became stranded in two dozen vehicles in a mudslide during a terrifying night north of Los Angeles.

The mudslide was first reported to the California Highway Patrol at 7:39 p.m. in the 20000 block of Pine Canyon Road in the Lake Hughes area. The moving mud reportedly pushed vehicles across the road.

One woman told the CHP her two children were on top of her vehicle that slid off the road. Others reported water was getting inside their vehicles. 

No serious injuries were reported.

One resident said frightened people in need of help came to her house.

"We were terrified," said resident Stephanie Diaz. "The people told us the rain had taken a mom and two kids. Thankfully, they did find the mom and the baby and the toddler on top of their car."

Firefighters arrived at 7:41 p.m. to help evacuate people from vehicles. 


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Some people were rescued by firefighters on the ground while others were hoisted to safety by helicopters, according to a tweet. County helicopters equipped with night vision technology rescued people from at least five different locations that flooded due to a slow moving thunderstorm.

Roads in the area, including southbound Lake Hughes Road south of Elizabeth Lake Road, were closed due to the mudslide. Elizabeth Lake Road was closed west of Johnson Road.

Crews, including a bulldozer, were working to clear roads Monday.

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