Sunny Skies Give Way to Another Sunday Storm

Forecasters say more rain and authorities say more evacuations

As sunny skies spread above the LA basin today, evacuation orders for 200 homes were lifted, but officials said the storm predicted for Sunday, Feb. 21, may cause renewed dislocation.

Platoons of trucks and heavy equipment began hauling more debris out of flood-stricken neighborhoods, and evacuation orders were lifted today for about 200 mudflow-prone foothill homes.

The first wave of a two-part weekend weather system swept over the region with minimal problems, dropping less than a half-inch of rain in most spots. More rain is expected Sunday night.

Early today, forecasters said the brunt of the first storm had passed, though scattered showers are still possible.

No major problems were reported overnight.

Rainfall totals as of 10 p.m. Friday ranged from 0.16 of an inch at LAX to 0.28 of an inch at Hansen Dam. Curiously, most foothill and mountain area got even less. At the Eaton Canyon Wash just north of Pasadena, just 0.08 of an inch fell, and Mount Wilson recorded only 0.06 of an inch.

Sheriff's deputies ordered 42 homes in La Crescenta and 146 in La Canada Flintridge evacuated, but some residents stayed behind as they are legally entitled to do. Deputies, however, had them sign waivers.

"Of the 189 homes ordered evacuated, 95 refused, so we had about a 50 percent compliance rate," said sheriff's spokeswoman Nicole Nishida.

With more than 13 inches of rain so far this rainy season, Los Angeles is closing in on its annual norm, about 15 inches. The last time downtown Los Angeles exceeded the yearly average was in 2005-06, when a whopping 26.6 inches fell.

Local ski resorts were expected to get several new inches of snow.

County road traversing the Angeles National Forest remain closed.

Mulholland Drive is closed between Bowmont Drive and Skyline Drive because of a damaged section of road.


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