Californians Begin Clean Up After Massive Rains
Friday, December 24, 2010
Californians are beginning to clean up after floods, mudslides and evacuations during a weeklong onslaught of rain.
According to the Associated Press, the recent storms left a muddy mess across much of Southern California. Preliminary damage estimates are expected in the hundreds of millions of dollars. A state of emergency was declared in a nine counties, including Los Angeles, Orange and Santa Barbara counties.
According to the AP, the inland region of Southern California east of Los Angeles emerged among the hardest hit, especially San Bernardino County.
Works crews are trying to reopen more than a dozen canyon and mountain roads closed by slides and floods. Parts of the Pacific Coast Highway in Los Angeles and Orange counties were closed to remove loose rocks and clean up mudflow from hillsides, reports the AP.
Beaches were also affected. The AP reports four 12 miles of beach from Laguna Beach to San Clemente in Orange County were off limits because of sewer overflows.