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Rain begins to fall across Southland

November 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
O.C. and L.A. residents prepared for potential mudslides and rain began to fall over Southern California.Reports of rain are trickling in from around the Southland. Santa Barbara and Ventura counties were experiencing rain early Tuesday evening as the storm tracked eastward toward Santa Clarita. Downey, Torrance, Glendale, North Hollywood and Camarillo were all reporting significant amounts of precipitation. Power outages have been reported around the region due to weather. Flash-flood warnings were expected overnight into Wednesday.

The burn areas of Montecito near Santa Barbara were ordered evacuated due to concerns of mudslides and flooding.

Residents in L.A. and Orange counties who live near burned hillsides have been preparing early because of the possibility of flash flooding.

Yorba Linda officials ordered voluntary evacuation at 8 a.m. Tuesday for Box Canyon, Brush Canyon and the North Fairmount-San Antonio areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for the areas stripped bare by the Sayre Fire above Sylmar in L.A. The L.A. Fire Department is offering free sandbags to area residents at any station.

The Freeway Complex Fire burned through 30,000 acres of vegetation on the cusp of Orange, L.A. and Riverside counties. The barren hillsides are extremely vulnerable there.

Many neighborhoods in Yorba Linda are already lined with sandbags. Residents say they realize there's no stopping mudslides, but they're hoping to minimize the damage.

"It's Mother Nature, you can't control it, so you just gotta deal with it and work through it, so that's what we're gonna do," said Yorba Linda homeowner Rob Kruger.

"It's gonna be like insane, you know, I don't know what's going to happen to us now," said Anaheim Hills resident Nancy Balladares.

Residents in Sylmar are also bracing for the possibility of mudslides. No evacuations have been called for the area, but authorities are encouraging residents to have an emergency evacuation plan in place.

The last time L.A. County had half an inch of rain was nine months ago.

The L.A. County Fire Department says now is the time to unclog drainage areas and devise an emergency escape plan from your home or work.

Crews are also getting ready for the rain up in the mountains in the Inland Empire. They're taking steps to make sure the first downpour of the season doesn't do any damage.

POWER OUTAGES

DEPT. OF WATER AND POWER

Rain caused a small outage of about 900 customers Tuesday night at a distribution station near downtown L.A. after 9 p.m.

Another small outage, also about 900 customers, occurred in the South L.A. area below the 10 Freeway after 9 p.m.

Service workers are working to restore service.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA EDISON

At about 9:19 p.m., a "lock-out" occurred in the Duarte/Irwindale area causing about 514 customers to lose power. It was not known if this was weather-related. Edison crews are working on getting everyone back online, but it was not known what time power will be restored.

Eyewitness News Reporters Melissa MacBride and Eileen Frere contributed to this report.


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