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Flooding, Power Outages and Mandatory Evacuations in Rain-Drenched Areas

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A flash flood warning was issued today for hillside communities and burn areas of the Station and Morris fires, as residents continued to shore up tenuous hillsides with sandbags and prepare for possible evacuations. "Residents and motorists are advised to be alert to flash flooding and debris flows, which may block roads and culverts," abc7 is reporting. During a live KTLA news broadcast at 1:45 p.m. the LA Sheriff's were on the streets of La Cañada in the burn area and confirmed they were conducting mandatory evacuations of the area.Intermittent and holding power outages have been reported in some areas, including Studio City, La Cañada, Eagle Rock, Malibu, Mid-City, Toluca Lake, Westwood, Sherman Oaks, foiling plans for many who ventured out on this holiday, like Twitter user hellooystercult whose lunch plans were derailed: "umami burger is closed. the power is out," he remarked.

The Los Angeles Fire Department's Brian Humphrey shared with us that the agency are "quickly approaching 700 incidents. No loss of life and no serious injury *we* can attribute to storm activity."

Other on-the-scene reports from many news personnel in the field today indicate that there are many traffic problems on LA's streets. CBS2's Kirk Hawkins observed that "Lankershim and Riverside in North Hollywood has major flooding right now. We are barely hydroplaning now on our way back to Studio City," and that there is "Major flooding also at Moorpark and Tujunga. What a mess!"

We could get up to 20 inches of rain in the next few days, in a storm system hailed as the strongest and wettest in 5 years.