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Evacuations ordered in Calif. as storms move in

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Sand bags and plastic sheeting cover the back a home at the edge of a hillside Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Malibu, Calif. Homeowners still struggling to rebuild their lives after last fall's wildfires are preparing for downpours that could bring more than a foot of rain to some mudslide-prone mountain canyons.  (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Sand bags and plastic sheeting cover the back a home at the edge of a hillside Thursday, Jan. 3, 2008, in Malibu, Calif. Homeowners still struggling to rebuild their lives after last fall's wildfires are preparing for downpours that could bring more than a foot of rain to some mudslide-prone mountain canyons. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. (AP) - Southern California
authorities have ordered the evacuation of more than 100 homes as
heavy rains pound a neighborhood just below an area scarred by a
massive wildfire last summer.

Authorities fear a number of burn areas could be threatened by
mudslides.

Los Angeles County fire Inspector Matt Levesque said Monday that
106 homes in the Paradise Valley area were being evacuated.

Levesque says catch basins designed to keep mud and debris from
sliding downhill were full.

Elsewhere, more than 12,000 Southern California residents lost
power due the heavy winter storm that could bring up to 1¼ inches
of rain an hour.

Two more storms are expected later in the week.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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