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Photos: Severe Flash Flooding In SoCal Mountains Kills One, Leaves Thousands Stranded
Thunderstorms in Southern California yesterday caused mudslides and flash flooding that killed one and stranded thousands more. The storm rolled in Sunday afternoon, bringing with it a torrential downpour. The hardest hit area was the eastern San Gabriel Valley mountains around the border between Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. San Bernardino County Fire Department's Chris Prater said that Joo Hwan Lee, 48, was killed in Mt. Baldy when his car was swept off the road and into a creek, KTLA reports. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:15 p.m.
Four inches of rain were dumped in the mountains in the span of an hour, according to City News Service. Photos from the small mountain town of Forest Falls show washed-out roads full of gushing water and rocky debris.
Many mountain roads, including Highway 38 which links Redlands to Big Bear, were completely shut down due to rising waters and mud. It left thousands in the area unable to leave their homes or enter the area. A disabled man was rescued when waters flooded his home, the San Bernardino Sun reports, and another man said he climbed a tree to avoid the water and debris. Altogether four people and a dog had to be rescued by a sheriff's helicopter, authorities told CNS.
There were also rock slides reported in Los Angeles County, CNS reports. There was a rock slide covering all lanes on the Angeles Crest Highway at mile marker 66 west of Wrightwood at 4:15 p.m. Minutes later there was a smaller slide on San Gabriel Canyon Road at Crystal Lake Road above Glendora. There was also a slide near Mt. Baldy Fire Station at 5:18 p.m.