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Silverado Canyon residents glimpse clear skies

December 22, 2010 | 11:29 am

By 10 a.m. Wednesday, the gray clouds above Silverado Canyon in Orange County were clearing and glimpses of clear sky peeking through.

“That’s the first patch of blue I’ve seen in a week,” said one man walking to his car. “It’s going to turn into a beautiful day eventually.”

Earlier Wednesday morning it was a different story. Torrential rain flooded Tribuco Creek, which meanders the length of the canyon, sending debris and water onto roadways and threatening homes.

“This is swollen as I’ve seen it since the early '90s,” Orange County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Bob Wren said of the creek.

He said no homes had been damaged and no injuries reported. About four dozen evacuees had been taken to the Silverado Canyon Calvary Church, Wren said.

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-- Kate Linthicum

Photo: Residents try to save a van that is pushed up to the banks of the creek by heavy flowing mud and water in Silverdao Canyon in Orange County on Wednesday morning. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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