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What the Rain Hath Wrought: Car Crashes, Flooding and Power Outages

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The season's first winter storm sure did a number on Southern California yesterday.

The big story yesterday was the flooding and mudslide that shut down the Golden State Freeway in Sunland. The flooding was first reported at 1:30 p.m. around the Roscoe Blvd. ramps and caused the entire freeway to be shut down between Glenoaks and Sunland Blvds. clogging up streets from the North Valley to Glendale.

While a definite cause of the mess has not been released, an apparent debris clog of a flood control channel alongside the freeway seemed to be the culprit.

Two southbound lanes reopened around 5 p.m. and the entire freeway was reopened at around 10 p.m.

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But things were crazy everywhere. CHP reported there were 404 crashes from 5 a.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. today. By comparison there were only 260 crashes from 5 a.m. Oct. 2 to 5 a.m. Oct. 3.

Other notable incidents:

  • A big rig jackknifed after a collision with an SUV on the southbound Golden State Freeway near San Fernando Mission Blvd. in Mission Hills.
  • One man died in a multi-car crash on the southbound 710 freeway near Del Amo Blvd. in Long Beach.
  • Sporatic power outages for DWP customers in Mid-City and Leimert and Southern California Edison customers in Santa Ana.
  • A 25-foot motorboat capsized in the mouth of the harbor at Marina Del Rey around 7:45 p.m. The two people on board were fished out of the water and treated for hypothermia by county lifeguards and deputies.

For those who hated the weather, perk up. Temperatures should be around average for this time of the year, and there should be plenty of sun for this next week.
Rainfall totals hovered anywhere between 0.10 inches to 0.25 inches. Imagine if this was a real big storm.