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Storm brings slides to Los Angeles

Sun., Dec. 13, 2009

LOS ANGELES – A winter storm hit California with rain and snow Saturday and sent mudslides down hillsides denuded by fall wildfires onto highways, stranding 90 vehicles just north of Los Angeles.

A 12-mile stretch of the Angeles Crest Highway was shut down as dozens of firefighters tried to clear the scene, said county fire Capt. Frank Reynoso. No injuries were reported.

Seventy of the vehicles had been freed Saturday night, but another 20 would be forced to remain overnight, authorities said.

Several small slides were been reported on the highway between La Canada Flintridge and Mount Wilson, and the road was to remain closed indefinitely, the California Highway Patrol said.

Authorities issued voluntary evacuation warnings to about 40 homes and major canyon roads remained closed in areas burned by the late-summer Station fire.


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