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About 30 homes in San Juan Capistrano remain on evacuation alert

December 22, 2010 | 12:05 pm

Residents of 31 homes on Old San Juan Road in San Juan Capistrano are on evacuation alert after thier street flooded early Wednesday morning.

Heavy rains ripped plants off of an adjacent hillside, causing the street's two main drains to clog early this morning, resident Mac McCarthy said. Firefighters arrived at about 8 a.m. to clear the drains.

McCarthy said his neighbor's home was flooded with inches of sludge and water but that firefighters were able to clear the drain just before the water reached his home.

Although the crews have left, the street remained covered in a thick layer of mud from the hillside.

Initially, residents were told they would have to evacuate due to fears that the riverbed behind the street would flood. But firefighters now believe that the most vulnerable point is just south, McCarthy said, and residents were told to remain on alert.

McCarthy said he never expected his home would be at risk of flooding when he bought it 10 years ago.

"This is a once-in-a-century rain,"he said.


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-- Sam Allen in San Juan Capistrano