Southern California storm causes flash flooding, mud slides

LOS ANGELES (KRON)

11 p.m.

A second California highway has been closed after a mudslide spread debris onto the roadway following a storm that brought large swaths of rain across the region.

State Route 58 in Kern County was closed Thursday evening near Mojave, Calif., about 95 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Just hours before, a separate mudslide shutdown both directions of Interstate 5, the major north-south freeway.

No information on how many drivers were stranded was immediately available.

In a statement, the California Department of Transportation said it expected the State Route 58 shutdown would be “a long term closure” and advised motorists to seek alternative routes.

Emergency crews were expected to work through the night to clear the highways.

Update 6 p.m.

Several hundred vehicles are stranded on a stretch of one of California’s main freeways after flash flooding north of Los Angeles sent water and mud flowing into canyons and across roadways.

Lt. Sven Miller with the California Highway Patrol says there are no immediate reports of any injuries. 460x (95)

Drivers on Interstate 5 between Grapevine and Castaic about 40 miles north of downtown Los Angeles are being assisted off the roadway. Miller says it could take up to 24 hours to clear the freeway in both directions.

A strong low pressure system produced heavy rain in isolated areas and even hail in drought-stricken Southern California. A flash flood warning remains in effect for parts of Los Angeles county.

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— Flash flooding in northern Los Angeles County has filled several roads with mud, stranding vehicles and blocking traffic on one of the state’s main highways.

Television footage showed several vehicles stuck in mud in the mountainous community of Lake Hughes, located about 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.

This still frame from video provided by KABC-TV shows vehicles stuck in a muddy road in the mountainous community of Lake Hughes, Calif., about 65 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Flash flooding in northern Los Angeles County has filled several roads with mud, stranding vehicles and blocking traffic on one of the state’s main highways. (KABC-TV via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT; TV OUT

A spokesman with the Los Angeles County Fire Department says crews were dispatched to the scene about 3 p.m. Helicopters were searching the area, but there were no immediate reports of rescues.

The California Highway Patrol reported that all northbound lanes of Interstate 5 were blocked by flooding near Fort Tejon, about 40 miles west of Lake Hughes.

Flash-flood warnings remain in effect for parts of Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

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