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People clean-up, get ready for another storm

January 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Hundreds of people in flooded neighborhoods are still cleaning up after last week's storms. But as people recover another storm is set to enter the Southland this week.

Clean-up is underway inside La Cathedral Market in San Pedro. The store was flooded with nearly 6 feet of water from last week's storms.

Store owner Sonal Prajapati said the water entered the building, damaged products and knocked out electronic equipment.

It's not just Prajapati's store that was flooded, so was her home. And she isn't alone. Most of her neighbors along Fourth Street near Grand are trying to salvage what they can. The area was flooded when heavy rain backed up neighborhood storm drains. As the next storm moves in, residents are worried it could happen again.

"We have sandbags so we have a little protection," said San Pedro resident Raul Martinez. "I'm hoping they cleared the drains out. So if it rains hard again hopefully it doesn't go up that high."

Martinez and other frustrated flood victims are bracing for more potential problems.

"It might rain again next week so we're trying to keep everything we can save on the top shelf so hopefully (the water) won't reach that high," said Ricky Swami.

In La Canada Flintridge, the focus is on removing all of the mud and debris that came down the burned hillside. Residents and city officials are working to clear channels and catch basins before more rain moves in.