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Mudslides Triggered by Rain Shut Down Roads Near Malibu

Topanga Canyon Boulevard was covered in mud and debris following a slide Thursday morning

Two mudslides triggered by overnight rain prompted closures Thursday in the Topanga Canyon area, where one person was rescued by the mud and several cars had to be freed.

California Highway Patrol received reports of the first mudslide at 1:48 a.m. Up to five vehicles were stuck. A second mudslide was reported an estimated 100 yards away from the original site, where one vehicle remains trapped.

Topanga Canyon Boulevard from Pacific Coast Highway to Grand View Drive is expected to remain closed through at least Sunday night. Before crews are able to begin the cleanup process, they said they must wait for the mud to dry.

No injuries were reported and no structures appear to be threatened.

The slide in a wildfire burn area is in the same general location as another slide that occurred last week. A drainage pipe was clogged during Thursday's slide, causing mud and debris to overflow onto the road. 

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