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Evacuation orders lifted for L.A. foothill residents

February 10, 2010 |  8:58 am

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Evacuation orders were lifted Wednesday morning for more than 500 foothill homes in Los Angeles County as the most recent rainstorm to hit Southern California cleared up.

There was a 20% chance of showers Wednesday morning, with snow flurries forecast at higher elevations in the Antelope Valley and parts of the San Gabriel Mountains, said Bill Hoffer, a spokesman for the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

He warned that cold temperatures could produce black ice on the roads. It was so cold in Burbank that passengers at Bob Hope Airport waiting for a 7 a.m. Southwest Airlines flight to Oakland were told they would have to wait until ice on the plane's wings melted.

"Folks, there will be a delay," an airline worker said over the intercom. "There's ice on the wings, and as this is Southern California, there is no de-icing equipment. We will have to wait for the sun to come up to warm the wings."

By late Tuesday, there were reports of .51 inches of rain in Long Beach, .58 inches in Burbank and .69 inches in Whittier. At the San Gabriel Dam, the measurement was 1.73 inches. At Wrightwood, 9 inches of snow had fallen, with 12-14 inches at Mountain High.

No major damage was reported from Tuesday’s rainstorm, which officials had feared could cause mudslides on already saturated hillsides that lost vegetation cover in last summer’s Station fire.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Soledad Canyon, Acton and Aliso Canyon.

Temperatures are expected to rise the rest of the week, Hoffer said.

-- Alexandra Zavis and Julie Cart in Burbank

Photo: Danny Granados checks out a tree that fell on three cars parked in 4000 block of Clinton Street in Los Angeles, blocking the street. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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