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Storm continues to bring rain to the Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: March 1, 2014 10:46 a.m.
Updated: March 1, 2014 10:46 a.m.

A car drives on Quigley Canyon Road near Placeritos Boulevard as it passes over a rain swollen stream during the storm on Saturday near The Master's College in Santa Clarita. Signal photo by Dan Watson.

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A lingering winter storm continued to drop, at times, heavy rain on the Santa Clarita Valley Saturday, with some areas getting upwards of an inch of rain from the latest winter storm.

In a 48-hour period ending at 7 p.m. Saturday, the Newhall Pass had received 3.18 inches of rain, with Saugus seeing 2.03 inches, according to the National Weather Service.

According to figures from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, other areas of the Santa Clarita Valley saw steady rain accumulation as well, with totals ranging from .63 inches at Castaic Junction to .75 inches in Bouquet Canyon during a 24-hour period ending at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Steady rain also fell in the area of last summer’s destructive Powerhouse Fire, leading to large amounts of mud and debris washing over roads in the area of Lake Hughes and Elizabeth Lake.

Because of the storm, Lake Hughes Road remained closed Saturday night from Dry Gulch Road to Elizabeth Lake Road, according to the Department of Public Works.

Bouquet Canyon Road is also closed from 1.9 Miles north Of Vasquez Canyon Road to 0.6 miles south Of Big Oaks Lodge, according to the Department of Public Works.

A burst of heavy showers before dawn Saturday impacted wildfire-scarred mountainsides above foothill suburbs east of Los Angeles, causing another round of mud and debris flows in the city of Glendora.

The National Weather Service says the center of the system located off the coast will move across Southern California to exit the region, but bands of intense rain will still occur.

The system has been so volatile that the weather service issued a 3:30 a.m. tornado warning for east-central Los Angeles County when radar showed the rotation signature of a tornado and severe thunderstorms.

In Azusa and neighboring foothill communities about 25 miles east of Los Angeles that sit beneath nearly 2,000 acres of steep mountain slopes that just weeks ago were menaced by a wildfire, about 1,200 homes were under evacuation orders Friday over mudflow fears but were so-far spared.

In particular danger were about a dozen homes in Azusa that were backed up against a steep fire-denuded hillside several hundred feet high that authorities feared could collapse.

Muddy water swept down the hillside earlier in the day, spreading about two feet of ooze above one backyard, although fencing walls and an orchard of about 5,000 avocado trees behind the development stopped most serious debris.

Forecasters expected the storm to last through Saturday in California before trundling east into similarly rain-starved neighboring states. Phoenix was expecting its first noticeable precipitation in two months. The storm was projected to head east across the Rockies before petering out in the Northeast in several days.

The Associated Press contributed reporting to this story.

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