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Homeless evacuated near downtown Laguna Beach

December 22, 2010 |  7:44 am

Homeless As heavy rains swept the area at 6:45 a.m., about 45 homeless men and women were evacuated from an Orange County alternate sleeping location in Laguna Canyon, approximately 1 1/2 miles east of downtown.

The individuals were hurriedly transported by bus to a downtown location. "They didn't say anything, they just opened the bus doors and said, 'Go,'" said one of the evacuees, Karl Williams, 59.

At 7:30 a.m., Williams stood on a Laguna Beach Street corner with his hands in his pockets and a baseball cap pulled down tightly on his head, wondering aloud, "What am I going to do today? I have no idea. They didn't even give us advice or passes so that we could ride around and keep warm in a bus."


Flood watches in effect for much of Southland

Photos: Series of storms hits Southern California

Laguna Beach shop owners assess damage during break in the rain

-- Louis Sahagun in Laguna Beach

Photo: Karl Williams, 59, was among 45 homeless people evacuated from an alternate sleeping location in Laguna Canyon. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times