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Severe flooding, mud flows in Inland Empire trap residents

August 17, 2012 |  5:36 pm

The Inland Empire was hit by major mud flows and debris flows caused by flash flooding Friday afternoon.

Officials reported flash flooding in the Forest Falls and Mill Creek area.

Cindy Bachman, a San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman, said deputies were checking on residents in the Forest Falls and Big Falls areas because of reports of significant mud and debris flowing down the hillsides. Parts of California 38 were obstructed by the mud flow.

TV footage also showed severe flooding in Victorville and other High Desert communities. Some people appeared to be stranded in cars. NBC-TV Channel 4 showed video of two people stuck on land between two ranging streams of water.
The San Bernardino Sun reported that a hiker had been rescued by swift-water teams in Forest Falls.
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