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No major flooding problems reported as storm rolls through Los Angeles

December 19, 2010 | 11:07 am

Minor flooding and auto collisions continued to be a hazard on Southern California roadways Sunday morning, but officials reported few other major problems as a Pacific storm continued to pound Los Angeles.

In the Los Angeles neighborhood of Mar Vista, an enormous fig tree about two stories high fell over on a sidewalk. Its large, gnarly roots were lifted into the air, and its branches leaned precariously close to homes on the 3000 block of South Centinela Avenue.

The 71 freeway in Pomona was closed at Valley Boulevard due to flooding, probably for the rest of the day, California HIghway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs said. And a vehicle collision after 10 a.m. led officials to declare a Sigalert on the southbound 14 freeway at Newhall Avenue in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Deep in Hollywood Hills West, some mud and soil flow on Astral Drive brought a Los Angeles fire engine company out to the neighborhood, but "it's not a large issue," said Erik Scott, a fire department spokesman. He said the fire agency is ready to set up command posts and is monitoring at-risk neighborhoods.

On Saturday, Long Beach fire crews rescued a 23-year-old woman from the Los Angeles River. About 1:50 p.m., the woman was riding her bicycle at Del Amo Boulevard when she hit some water and the bike slid into the concrete-lined river bank, said Capt. Rich Brandt of the Long Beach Fire Department.

A passing jogger called 911 as she saw the woman bobbing up and down in the river, doing a dog paddle to stay afloat. Fire rescue teams, attached to the riverbank by rope, threw the cyclist a rope and plucked her out at Wardlow Road, about a mile south of where she fell in, Brandt said.

The woman was transported to a hospital for observation and was released in good condition Saturday night.

Power outages were reported all over Southern California. Southern California Edison said more than 11,000 customers were without service at mid-morning, with problems reported in Joshua Tree, Palm Springs, Culver City, Bellflower, La Canada-Flintridge, Montclair, Westlake Village, Ojai and Whittier.

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported no power outages in its territory Sunday morning.

-- Rong-Gong Lin II

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