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Cleanup work begins in muddy OC neighborhoods

December 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The cleanup is well under way in Laguna Beach, which turned into a flood zone during this week's storm.

Officials have closed 12 miles of beach, from Laguna Beach to San Clemente due to sewer runoff.

Some of the worst debris damage was along Laguna Canyon Road. All kinds of things flowed down the river, including a Dodge Charger that got stuck underneath a bridge. Just up the creek, a Porsche was seen on its side, stuck next to large containers.

At Trabuco Creek, much of the retaining wall is gone, partly due to busted pipes. Crews have been using bulldozers to build a temporary retaining wall using rocks and boulders.

Chunks of earth had broken away on Wednesday from the side of Trabuco Creek after an irrigation pipe burst. The situation got so bad that 75 businesses and 400 families were asked to leave.

Silverado Canyon saw what is usually a gentle creek turn into miles of roaring rapids, but many residents chose to ignore evacuation orders. Water and debris buried cars and parts of homes.

In Rancho Santa Margarita's Dove Canyon, water rushed into the gated community, engulfing cars up to the windows in mud. At least five homes were red-tagged.

Road closures

  • Santiago Canyon Road south of Silverado Canyon to Modjeska Grade Road
  • Modjeska Canyon Road
  • Modjeska Grade Road
  • Black Star Canyon Road
  • Santiago Canyon Kitterman Bridge
  • Harding Canyon Bridge
  • Ortega Highway at La Pata 241 between 133 & 261
  • Laguna Canyon Road from the 73 toll road to downtown

Mandatory evacuations are still in effect for Williams Canyon and the following roads in Silverado Canyon:

  • This A Way
  • That A Way
  • Grundy Lane
  • Sullmane Lane
  • Bond
  • Kitterman
  • White Canyon
  • Monty Lane
  • Hidaway
  • Anderson Way
  • By The Way

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