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SoCal still cautious during winter weather

December 16, 2008 7:42:28 AM PST
Yorba Linda neighborhoods remain on alert for mudslides, just in case of more rain on Tuesday.Mandatory evacuation orders from Monday were lifted, but voluntary evacuation orders remain for the North Fairmont Boulevard/San Antonio areas, Box Canyon and Brush Canyon.

About 1,500 people fell under the mandatory evacuation that was issued at about 7 a.m. Monday, and although it was lifted, conditions are far from drying out.

The city of Yorba Linda knew that rainy conditions were coming and made sure sandbags were deployed, which helped tremendously with diverting the debris flow that came down on Monday.

However the threat still exists.

Tuesday's main concern was cleaning up the mess left behind by a powerful storm.

Yorba Linda homeowner Randy Dedrick shot home video of Monday's storm as it swept through fire-ravaged hillsides.

"Three waterfalls coming down from the hill, converging into one into my backyar. During the height of the rain at about 9:30 is when a lot of the rain came down," he said.

Yorba Linda streets were covered with several feet of mud, and the saturated hillsides looked unlikely to hold once the rain falls again.

Anaheim also received heavy rain on Monday. In fact, one trade school in the city had a roof collapse at about 9 a.m. Monday.

Meanwhile, in areas like the Angeles National Forest and Running Springs, skiers and families are enjoying the winter weather.

Officials still warn that drivers need to be safe on the roads. Eyewitness News Reporters Lisa Hernandez, Gene Gleeson, Rob McMillan, Leslie Sykes and Robert Holguin have contributed to this report.


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