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Cleanup crews on the job after rains

February 6, 2010 |  7:10 pm

Crews planned to continue working through the evening on the damage caused by the overnight rains Saturday, authorities said.

About 43 homes were damaged in the foothill mudslides Saturday. More than 540 mandatory evacuations were issued. Twenty-five vehicles were also damaged in the storm, Mike Antonovich, a Los Angeles County supervisor, said at a news conference in La Cañada Flintridge on Saturday evening.

Antonovich said he surveyed the damage Saturday morning. "It was as if you were at Universal Studios on the studio tour seeing a devastated war zone area," he said.

P. Michael  Freeman, chief of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, said crews will continue to work throughout the night on the damage.  

He said crews operated based on weather predictions, which were incorrect. "I think it's imperative that everybody understand the unpredictability of predictions," he said.

Mark Pestrella, deputy director of L.A. County Public Works, said the county will begin cleaning up overflowing basins Sunday and will be planning for upcoming storms. He said more than 200 people are assessing the damage and monitoring the basins.

-- Nicole Santa Cruz