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Laguna Beach man escapes injury after mudslide briefly traps him in home

December 22, 2010 |  8:12 am

A Laguna Beach man escaped injury early Wednesday when mud poured into the bottom floor of his home, partially trapping him.

“There was a mudslide into a home near the corner of Sun Valley Drive and Laguna Canyon Road in which a male was rescued at 2:18  a.m,” said Laguna Beach spokesman Jason Kravetz. “Mud poured into the bottom floor, partially trapping him up to his waist. He managed to call 911.”

“We’ve had 75 calls for service since midnight,” he said. Laguna Canyon is flooded and “we hope to do a damage assessment when that lets up," he said, pointing skyward at threatening skies.

No storm-related injuries have been reported, Kravetz said.

At 8 a.m., Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig said he was in the process of declaring a local emergency to help secure reimbursements for damage of municipal infrastructure and for local businesses.

The downtown core remains closed.

Officials warned that another storm is expected to hit the area within four hours. High tide is texpected at 9 a.m.


Flood watches in effect for much of Southland

Crews search for possible missing person in L.A. River

Storm could bring hail, lightning and waterspouts later Wednesday

-- Louis Sahagun in Laguna Beach