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Evacuation orders lifted; flash-flood warnings expire

February 27, 2010 |  7:34 pm

Forecasters lifted a flash-flood warning for the San Gabriel Valley after rainfall tapered off over the San Gabriel Mountains as dusk fell.

At 6:30 p.m., officials lifted all mandatory evacuations for La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta.

"Showers have diminished considerably over Los Angeles County late this afternoon," the National Weather Service said. "Even so, a few more showers and possibly a thunderstorm may occur through early this evening, with brief moderate to heavy rain."

Forecasters cautioned residents to remain alert to fast-moving mudflows, as dirt may still be sliding off mountainsides this evening. No major damage has been reported.

Waves from the tsunami triggered by the massive earthquake in Chile have not been very high in Southern California, with waves of about 2 feet detected in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara and about 1 foot in San Diego.

Still, dangerous currents and surges were possible in harbors and bays. Shortly after noon, several buoys near Ventura were pulled out to sea, and about 10 docks were damaged in Ventura Harbor.

As of 4 p.m., rainfall remained under 2-1/2 inches for most of the Los Angeles area Saturday. Downtown Los Angeles received 0.78 inches of rain; Long Beach, 1.09; Santa Monica, 1.24; Santa Ana, 1.35; Burbank, 1.6; Eaton Dam in Pasadena, 2; and Claremont, 2.15 inches. L.A. County mountains received less than 3 inches of rain.

The weather service had issued a flash-flood warning at 3 p.m. Saturday for communities near the Morris fire burn area, which burned north of Azusa and Glendora last fall.

--- Rong-Gong Lin II