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Roads Reopen After Massive Mudflow in Elizabeth Lake, Lake Hughes, Leona Valley Areas

People had to be rescued by county fire crews after mud swamped their vehicles on Highway 58.

After monster mudflow caused by flash floods left some stretches of road and highways in the communities north of Castaic in muck four feet deep in an Oct. 15 storm, Los Angeles County Public Works crews reopened roads ahead of schedule Sunday at 5 p.m.

The reopening comes ahead of schedule after 60 LA County Public Works personnel worked through the weekend using more than 40 front loaders, bulldozers, and dump trucks to clear the mess.

The following county roads were scheduled to reopen Sunday:

Elizabeth Lake Road from Godde Hill Road to Lake Hughes Road

Godde Hill Road from the Palmdale city limit to Elizabeth Lake Road

San Francisquito Canyon Road from Elizabeth Lake Road to Dry Gulch Road

Bouquet Canyon Road from Elizabeth Lake Road to north of Vasquez Canyon Road

Spunky Canyon Road

San Francisquito Canyon Road and Bouquet Canyon Road

In addition, the following roads that were closed in Palmdale were reopened:

Avenue N between 10th Street W. and Sierra Highway

Avenue M-8 between 60th Street W. and 65th Street W.

Elizabeth Lake Road from Ranch Center Drive into Leona Valley

County Public Works crews were still working to reopen the following two stretches of roadway:

Munz Ranch Road between Elizabeth Lake Road and Lancaster Road

Lake Hughes Road from Elizabeth Lake Road to Dry Gulch

Several other unincorporated communities affected by the storm, such as in the City of Palmdale and the City of Lancaster, were working to clear the mud and debris.

LA County Public Works advises drivers to continue to move at reduced speeds as roads in certain areas would still likely be covered in mud and water.  

The Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary School District will be open Monday, according to its site.

Records were set on Oct. 15 for rainfall in Palmdale, Sandberg and Fox Field in Lancaster, according to the National Weather Service.

Officials did not report when Route 58, the Mojave-Barstow Highway, would reopen. Nearly 200 cars were trapped under mud and debris when the storm hit. 

Flood waters and mud also damaged homes in Palmdale and Lancaster.

LA County Fire checked door-to-door in affected areas and found no casualties or injuries, according to earlier reports.

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