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Storm Hits Newhall Hardest in SCV

Rain cuts off access to homes in Placertia Canyon Creek.

Posted: January 28, 2008 4:02 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2008 2:02 a.m.

Prior to driving through floodwaters on Oak Creek Avenue, Ed Winquest, a resident of Placerita Canyon for six years, checks how deep the water is by reading the depth markers alongside the road. After seeing that the floodwaters ranged between 18 and 24 inches deep, Winquest deemed it was safe enough to drive through.

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Sunshine teased the Santa Clarita Valley during portions of Sunday afternoon, yet it did not signal the end of this weekend's rainstorm that soaked the area. By many reports, the Santa Clarita Valley was among the hardest hit in Los Angeles County, leading to numerous accidents and several closures on Interstate 5 due to snow in the Grapevine.

Several neighborhoods alongside Placerita Canyon Creek in Newhall were hit hard by rushing flood waters that blocked roadways and limited access to many homes alongside the creek.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Vasquez Canyon Road at Bouquet Canyon Road and Riley Street was closed due to mudslides in the area.
There were also numerous traffic collisions throughout the day, though both the Highway Patrol and Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station reported that there were no injuries, deaths or traffic issues due to the collisions.
As for the amount of rain in the Santa Clarita Valley, Newhall was hardest hit. According to Meteorologist Ryan Kittell of the National Weather Service, Newhall received 3.6 inches of rain between 5 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday.
During that same period, Saugus received 1.58, inches, Del Valle received 1.63 and Newhall Pass (different from Newhall) received 1.8 inches.
The National Weather Service predicted rains to continue through Sunday evening into Monday morning.


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