Dec 15, 2021

Orange & Los Angeles Counties Face Storm

Residents in danger areas were told to either evacuate or be prepared to leave

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Orange and Los Angeles counties faced a powerful storm that made its way through the region on Dec. 14.

The rain and snow storm resulted in flooding, mudslides and ultimately entailed water rescues due to the conditions, reported East Bay Times. Firefighters in Orange County rescued people who were trapped in their homes due to multiple mudslides in Silverado Canyon in the Bond fire burn scar. 

Residents in danger areas were told to either evacuate or be prepared to leave, according to The Orange County Register. The American Red Cross tweeted that shelters would open in Redlands, Beaumont and Lake Forest.

These are the Southern California areas under evacuation orders or warnings, as well as nearby canyons. Water and mud flowed through the canyon and covered the roadways, but there were no injuries in the mudslide reported as of 4:30 p.m., according to Orange County Fire Authority Captain Greg Barta, reported Orange County Register.

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There were high surf advisories for beaches in Los Angeles and Orange counties through 2 p.m. Dec. 15 as well.

A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service for the Bond fire burn area, reported The Los Angeles Times. Modjeska, Silverado and Williams canyons were under mandatory evacuation orders Dec. 14 morning, as burn scars have an increased risk of flash flooding and debris flows.

The Orange County region is advised by the National Weather Service about: risks from rainfall, especially in burn areas; wind gusts of 25 to 35 miles per hour that could reach up to 45 mph; seas at 7 to 10 feet and risk of thunderstorms.

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