Drivers stranded, streets flooded as rain drenches SoCal

Friday, December 23, 2016 11:51PM
Friday night's rain throughout Southern California was exactly what holiday travelers did not need. Roads were slick, making already packed freeways even worse.


SUN VALLEY, LOS ANGELES - Friday night's rain throughout Southern California was exactly what holiday travelers did not need. Roads were slick, making already packed freeways even worse.

In Sun Valley, streets were flooded and residents were soaked. Slippery streets led to numerous car accidents in the area. Showers got so bad near downtown L.A., it caused several vehicles near Long Beach Boulevard and 50th Street to be stalled out in the high water.

Holiday travelers headed up and over the Grapevine also encountered some dangerous conditions. Even before temperatures dropped, heavy rains up the 5 Freeway left standing water on roadways. Then, as evening turned to night, rain turned to snow.

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Drivers stranded, streets flooded as rain drenches SoCal

"We've had people calling today asking if chains are going to be required, here in Newhall," said Eric Priessman of the California Highway Patrol. "If chains are required to go over the Grapevine, the Grapevine's usually going to be closed."

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning at about 9 p.m. for the Old Burn Area in western Los Angeles County. Flash flooding with mud and debris flow was expected throughout the night.

By 11 p.m., Soledad Canyon Road was shut down just east of Agua Dulce Canyon Road in Soledad due to heavy debris.

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As if traffic wasn't bad enough already because of a holiday weekend, factor in an early winter rainstorm and consequently, the 15 Freeway through the Cajon Pass is a mess.


Caltrans snow plows were at the ready should rain turn to snow overnight in the Inland Empire.

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"Right now we have a crew sitting up on top of the pass at 15 and 395, waiting for the first snowflake so we can clear the roads so everyone can get home," said Jason Sadler of Caltrans.

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