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Mudslides Immerse Cars, Flood Homes

Wed., Oct. 8, 1997

Mudslides brought on by heavy rains and fire-stripped hillsides covered a foothill area of the city Tuesday, immersing cars in mud and debris, flooding homes and stranding four teenagers near a rising creek.

Snow and hail also fell in the San Bernardino Mountains above the city as thunderstorms moved through. Winds swept skies clean elsewhere in Southern California and churned the ocean.

A missing fisherman was sought in the rough water off the coast where a boat capsized Monday. A companion’s body was recovered.

In San Bernardino, four runaway teens were rescued from a slippery 30- to 40-foot-high ridge after rushing water trapped them for at least three hours, said Fire Department spokesman Tom Rubio.

A construction worker spotted the teens - 13- and 14-year-old girls, a 16-year-old boy with a hip injury and 17-year-old boy - and summoned help.

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