Rainstorm prompts mudslides, wreaks havoc in Southern California – Orange County Register
Traffic moves along in the rain early Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, on the 101 freeway at White Oak Ave. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
In this photo taken through a glass window, released by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, people fill up sandbags under the rain in Santa Barbara, Calif., Monday, Jan. 8, 2018. Storms brought rain to California on Monday and increased the risk of mudslides in fire-ravaged communities. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
Rains prompted a swift-water rescue Tuesday, Jan. 9, in Lytle Creek. Photo by Jennifer Maher, The Sun/SCNG
The California Highway Patrol blocks traffic from going up Kagel Canyon early Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, as a powerful storm soaks the area, which is under mandatory evacuation after the recent Creek fire. (Photo by David Crane/Los Angeles Daily News)
LAFD rescue team removes their boat after a swift water rescue in the Los Angeles River early Tuesday morning at Lake Balboa on Jan. 9, 2018. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
The first storm of the year soaked fire-scorched hillsides, prompted dreaded mudslides and led to daring rescues as it made its way through Los Angeles to the Inland Empire Tuesday.
Downpours came with fury, weeks after major brush fires brought destruction to the foothills in L.A. and Orange counties, and in the I.E.
Those blazes left hillsides ripe for mudslides, which crews and residents had been bracing for.
Lanes of the 170 (Hollywood) Freeway were flooded today, Jan 9, 2018, after heavy rains brought a debris flow that clogged the storm drains. Only one lane was open in with traffic backed up for more than a mile. Photo by Mike Meadows for the Los Angeles daily News/SCNG)
Afternoon rain flooded Hawthorne Blvd. near Sepulveda as traffic continued to move through the flooded street. Chuck Bennett/Daily Breeze/SCNG
In this photo provided by Santa Barbara County Fire Department, Santa Barbara County Fire Search Dog Reilly looks for victims in damaged and destroyed homes in Montecito, Calif. following deadly runoff of mud and debris from heavy rain on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. At least five people were killed and homes were swept from their foundations Tuesday as heavy rain sent mud and boulders sliding down hills stripped of vegetation by a gigantic wildfire that raged in Southern California last month. (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)
A woman carrying her umbrella makes her way across the storm…