3 people rescued from 2 cars caught in flash flood in Santa Clarita

Three people were rescued uninjured from two cars today when a burst of heavy rain set off a flash flood in the Santa Clarita area, authorities said.


It happened at 3:05 p.m. at Placeritos Boulevard and Meadview Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Art Marrujo.

``There was a ton of rain and cars got stuck,'' Marrujo said. The water in the intersection reached hubcap level.

Firefighters extended the aerial ladder from a ladder truck over the intersection to effect the rescue, according to a news videographer. A man and girl were rescued from one vehicle and a young man was rescued from the other

The National Weather Service issued a Flash Flood Warning at 2:34 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. for the Sand Burn Area near Santa Clarita amid reports of mud and debris flows across Sand Canyon Road at Iron Canyon Road, according to
Meteorologist Joe Sirraud.

Thunderstorms were reported in Santa Clarita and the west San Fernando Valley and small hail was reported in Simi Valley and other parts of Ventura County, he said.

The thunderstorms were expected to die down shortly after sunset, Sirraud said, with leftover showers until around midnight.

The wet weather is forecast to be replaced by a mild Santa Ana wind condition starting Sunday, he said.

A high wind warning was issued for the high mountains in Los Angeles County with wind gusts of up to 60 mph possible from 2 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sirraud said.

A high wind advisory was issued for the Santa Monica Mountains, Santa Clarita Valley, San Fernando Valley and from Malibu to the Hollywood Hills with wind gusts of 40-50 mph possible.

Fire danger is low in light of above-average rainfall, he said. But the high winds and soggy soil could cause tree limbs and entire trees to fall and could result in power outages if the limbs strike power lines.

Warmer, dry conditions are forecast from Sunday through Thursday night, with daytime temperatures in inland and valley areas in the low to mid-70s through Tuesday and possibly hitting 80 Wednesday, Sirraud said.

There is a potential for more significant rain starting Thursday night through at least Friday, he said.

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