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Victor Lopez calls for help from the top of his car after his car stalled while trying to cross a flooded intersection in Ontario (AP Photo/Walter Weiss)

As the downpour lightens across Los Angeles, things are still not back to normal for the region. The Los Angels Fire Department closed over two and a half miles of streets around the Sepulveda Basin in the Valley this morning due to flooding, mandatory evacuations are in place in Orange County and the roof of a building in Anaheim collapsed.

It usually happens when storm drains are overwhelmed with water. The LA Fire Department closed three intersections surrounding the Sepulveda Basin at Burbank and the 405, Burbank and Hayvenhurst and Woodley and Victory. "A portion of the Sepulveda [Basin] is below grade. The water that usually drains into the system will overflow when there's a substantial amount of water," LAFD spokesperson d'Lisa Davies explained over the phone.

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Later in the morning a car hydroplaned off the transition road between the 110 Freeway and the Vicent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. Initial reports indicated the car fell into the water, but the fire department found two people trapped inside on the side of the road behind a building in the bushes. They were not injured and walked away from the crash.

No evacuations have been called for areas near where the Sayre Fire ravaged hillsides in the northeast valley (strike teams are in place just in case), but Orange County officials called for mandatory evacuations in Yorba Linda and a shelter-in-place order for residents in Brea.

Nearby in Anaheim, a roof collapsed shortly after 9 a.m. injuring thirteen at the Orange County Regional Occupation Program building. "It appears that water collected on the roof until it gave way" police said via the OC Register.

Two accidents at the same crash site killed a California Highway Patrol officer. That story is here.