The Orange County Sheriff's Department issued a mandatory evacuation order for residents in the Trabuco Creek area around 9:45 a.m. as the rain grew stronger in the region.
A short time later, the Trabuco Creek swelled up with rain and a torrent of water and debris was unleashed down the creek.
Earlier footage from #ocpublicworks of Trabuco Creek. Mandatory Evacuations remain in place for Trabuco Creek. Your public safety agencies continue to monitor the weather and potential for these mud/debris flows. #ocsd #ocsheriff pic.twitter.com/ywkjxqbAfn— OCFA PIO (@OCFA_PIO) November 29, 2018
The Rose Canyon area remained under a voluntary evacuation warning.
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Sheriff's officials also closed off Trabuco Canyon at Rose Canyon and at Robinson Ranch Road.
Public Works crews worked around the clock to prepare for potential mudslides in the area, setting up K-rails along Trabuco Canyon Road and blocking off traffic from the Rancho Santa Margarita side.
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The fear was that the water level will breach the Trabuco Canyon Road bridge and create a nightmare for commuters in the area.
Trabuco Creek Elementary School moved its classes to another elementary school in the area out of an abundance of caution.
After much of the morning's heavy rains passed, the once-raging river began to subside. Public Works said the plan they put in place has protected the communities so far, but they're staying vigilant until the storm system moves out.
The Holy Fire ripped through the area in August in a blaze that charred nearly 23,000 acres.
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