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A dozen homes evacuated in Woodland Hills; flooding closes streets

March 20, 2011 |  8:06 pm

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Residents from 12 homes in Woodland Hills were evacuated Sunday night as a flow of debris and mud threatened a retaining wall in the area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Some 30 people were ushered out of homes near the retaining wall at 4855 N. Regalo Road, said Diana Igawa of the Fire Department.

The evacuations began about 7 p.m., and some families were sent to a fire station at 21050 Burbank Blvd., Igawa said.

Elsewhere in the San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that the following streets have been closed because of flooding:

-- Burbank Boulevard at the 405 Freeway on the east and Balboa Boulevard on the west

-- Oxnard Street and Donna Avenue

-- Balboa Boulevard between Victory and Burbank boulevards              

-- Vanowen Street between Woodley and Hayvenhurst avenues

The streets will not be reopened until the water recedes, the LAPD said.


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-- Julie Cart