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Rain hits Southland, prompting fears of more mudslides

February 9, 2010 |  1:58 pm

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for foothill areas burned in the Station Fire just after 1 p.m, saying trained weather spotters have recorded very heavy rainfall and hail around La Cañada Flintridge. The warning is in effect until 5 p.m.

Authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders Monday night for more than 500 residences in mudslide-prone areas in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Acton. Sheriff's deputies ordered residents to leave their homes by 10 a.m. today.

Patchy showers and isolated thunderstorms will come in two waves -- one this afternoon and another tonight -- bringing at least a third of an inch of  rain and as much as 2 inches, with snow falling as low as 2,500 feet, forecasters with the National Weather Service in Oxnard said.

As much as half an inch of rain is expected to fall throughout Los Angeles County and could cause widespread roadway flooding.

Small hail and coastal tornadoes called waterspouts are also possible, forecasters said.

A complete list of addresses under evacuation orders is available on the Public Works Web page.

Evacuation centers have been set up at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose, and the Acton Community Center at 3748 Nickels Ave. in Acton, authorities said.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo:  Javier Rendon constructs a new wall of sandbags on Ocean View Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge, where residents braced for more heavy rains, flooding and mudslides. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

Photos: Storms pound the Southland