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Rain arrives, so does trouble

February 5, 2009 |  7:35 pm

Umbrellas are a part of the Downtown Los Angeles landscape with a series of rain storms moving through the Southland. The predicted heavy rains arrived this evening with predicable results: traffic jams and flooded, closed streets that stranded motorists.

A 200-foot stretch of Vineland Avenue was flooded and closed between Vanowen Street and Sherman Way in North Hollywood, according to d'Lisa Davies of the Los Angeles Fire Department. She said crews rescued at least four vehicles from the inundated area.

In the Sepulveda Basin, rising water caused street closures. Burbank Boulevard was shut down between the 405 Freeway and near Woodley Avenue, and Woodley was closed between Burbank and Victory boulevards.

-- Julie Cart

Photo: Umbrellas are a part of the Downtown Los Angeles landscape with a series of rain storms moving through the Southland. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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