Flood Threat Prompts Voluntary Evacuation Orders in OC Neighborhood

The second of two winter storms arrived in Southern California Tuesday morning

A voluntary evacuation order was in effect for the Silverado Canyon area of Orange County, where residents prepared for possible mudslides as a series of storms moved into the region.

Rain hammered Orange County, prompting a flash flood watch. It was lifted at 4 p.m

The voluntary evacuation orders applied to residences east of 30311 Silverado Canyon Road. A Red Cross shelter was expected to be established in the area. 

The voluntary evacuation was also lifted. 

"I don't plan on evacuating, no matter what. I have too many animals here," Therese Perez, resident, said, noting she has dogs, a cat and a pig.

Residents of the Silverado Canyon area were notified that they could pick up sandbags at Silverado Fire Stations 14 and 15, and at the corner of Santiago Canyon Road and Modjeska Canyon, according to county emergency operations officials. Several homes were already surrounded by sandbags Tuesday morning.

Dirt trails were closed in Peter's Canyon and a river of mud flowed through O'Neil Park.

Near Brea Creek, a man in his 40s needed to be rescued after getting swept off his feet and into the water near Gilbert Street.

A dead sea lion was also found in a flood control channel near Huntington Beach, officials said. It wasn't immediately clear how the animal got there.

The second of four storms expected to slam Southern California this week also prompted the closure of all dirt trails at Orange County regional and wilderness parks.

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