The rainstorm currently hovering over the valley may have taken a break Monday night, but more is on the way. Two remaining storms are supposed to add on to today’s water damage, marking one of the worst in recent memory. The situation will be bringing more rain to the area than it can handle and possibly causing mudslides in recent burn areas.
Here’s what to expect when the rain starts to come down:
Expect An Inch Of Rain Per Hour
The National Weather Service is predicting steady rainfall to bring one inch of rain per hour to the area, with heaviest bouts Wednesday and Thursday. Strong thunderstorms are possible this afternoon into tonight as a powerful frontal system sweeps through Southwestern California; bringing heavy rains and possibly small hail.
Wind gusts over 50 MPH and torrential downpours are expected; atmospheric conditions will also be favorable for isolated weak tornadoes. The system is expected to continue past midnight tonight.
Deputies from the Santa Clarita Valley and Temple stations have been re-assigned to assist with evacuations in the burn areas in the Paradise Valley area of La Canada-Flintridge. More than 100 homes are affected and residents were told evacuations were mandatory. Residents are being relocated to La Canada High School.
All County roads in the Station Fire burn area, including Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road is closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles and Department of Public Works personnel. Residents living in the burn areas will not be permitted to use the roads until the closures are lifted.
Public Works will reopen the roads after the threat of rain or the storm systems have passed and debris and damage inspections of the roadways are completed.
The California Highway Patrol logged one of its busiest days keeping on top of dozens of overturned vehicles, collisions with other cars or barriers and crashes. More serious incidents included a six-car crash that sent eight minor patients to the hospital for treatment, as well as damaging a CHP unit responding to the call. And later in the day, several lanes of the southbound I-5 were closed due to a multi-vehicle crash near Roxford Avenue.
Highway 138 north of Santa Clarita was closed for most of the day due to power lines and poles that went down early in the day. Closures caused by crashes affected every direction of area freeways and made driving in the Santa Clarita Valley a real challenge. Statistics on the number of accidents will be available later this week.
A high wind advisory was posted for all area freeways, including the 5, 14, 138 and 210.
Accidents happened on the surface streets in Santa Clarita as well, the worst being near Valencia High School, where some median trees were removed by an errant vehicle.
Special thanks to Amy Gastil for photos 1 and 2; others by Lyle Wohlfarth.