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Storm blows through Southern California

Posted: December 24, 2012 6:00 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2012 6:00 p.m.
 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A storm pushed its way into Southern California on Monday, causing flooding in some areas, snarling holiday traffic in others and leading to the rescue of a man clinging for hours to a clump of bushes in the fast-moving Los Angeles River.

Firefighters responded to the river about 5 a.m. and took various measures to try and rescue the man. An inflatable boat traversed the waters estimated to be traveling at 30 mph and was able to reach the man about two hours later. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The wet weather also greeted morning commuters and made for difficult driving conditions. A big rig crashed in Sylmar shortly before 1:30 a.m., causing a fuel leak and forced the closure of Interstate 5 for more than three hours.

Elsewhere another big rig collided with a car on Interstate 405 just before 3 a.m., closing most lanes for a couple of hours.

The rain is expected to move quickly through the area, but return Wednesday.

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