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Rescues, evacuations, beach closures in storm's wake

March 21, 2011 |  5:31 pm

Rain continued to cause problems in California on Monday, including several rescues.

On Sunday, hurricane-force wind gusts up to 98 mph roared through mountain passes, while gusts between 50 and 60 mph toppled trees throughout Southern California's urban landscape. Flowing mud swamped a retaining wall in Woodland Hills, forcing the overnight evacuation of six homes. Six homes remained affected Monday.

In hard-hit Santa Barbara County, sheriff’s deputies rescued 18 people who had become stranded near Nira Campground as rivers swelled into raging torrents.

In Ventura County, 26 hikers in five separate groups were rescued Sunday and Monday after friends reported them missing.

Also Monday, a group of five men from Orange County and two men hiking with a dog were found stranded in the Willet Hot Springs area and taken to safety.

Beaches in Long Beach and Ventura County were closed because of sewage spills.

The Associated Press reported mudslides, snow and downed trees in Yosemite, prompting the evacuation of 200 people.


More rain headed to Southern California

-- Catherine Saillant