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Laguna Beach Digs Out After the Storm, Evacuations Lifted

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Laguna Beach sustained some of the most profound damage from the massive rainstorm that has just cleared the region, in the form of mud flows in the hillsides and in their popular Downtown area. This morning the cleanup resumes, but thankfully without the threat of rain, and some residents have been able to return to their homes, according to LA Now.

Lt. Jason Kravetz of the Laguna Beach Police Department says that 26 businesses were damaged by mud and water, and that few would likely be able to open in time to serve customers wanting to do last-minute Christmas shopping.

In residential areas, evacuation orders were lifted for 13 homes in the Hidden Canyon Valley Road area, however most "of the structural damage [to homes in the area] occurred along Laguna Canyon Road, which is open only to residents through checkpoints." 18 homes have been confirmed damaged by officials.

Elsewhere in Laguna Beach, a homeless shelter was evacuated, and those occupants shared shelter at a high school gym with other evacuated residents from the area. Anyone needing access to Laguna Beach will need to enter the city via Pacific Coast Highway, as Laguna Canyon remains closed as crews clear it of mud and debris.