SoCal rain lets up; mudslide threat eases

Nov. 26, 2008 at 4:27 PM
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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Officials lifted the evacuation order for three Orange County neighborhoods threatened with mudslides in areas recently burned by wildfires.

Evacuation orders remained in effect in parts of Santa Barbara County through Wednesday night as the first big winter storm of the year rumbled through Southern California and the Southwest deserts.

Two rainstorms were moving through the San Francisco Bay Area and western Arizona Wednesday afternoon.

Rain fell overnight along much of the California coast Tuesday night and the National Weather Service expected scattered precipitation to last into Thanksgiving Day.

Flash-flood advisories were in effect in several mountain areas while KLAS-TV in Las Vegas reported that fire crews had to respond to a woman trapped in a car in a flooded intersection.

The Los Angeles Fire Department rescued a woman trapped by a palm tree that crashed into her Boyle Heights, Calif., home early Wednesday.

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