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Residents evacuate as new storm threatens mudslides in LA-area foothills

A new wave of winter rains has washed over the wildfire-scarred foothill towns north of Los Angeles, leaving some residents to flee their homes in bag-laden cars while others risked remaining to deploy shovels and buckets in an attempt to hold back the muddy deluge.

Officials issued evacuation orders for 541 homes on the hillsides of La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton and two canyons. Several streets in the city of Sierra Madre spent several hours under evacuation orders that were lifted Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service downgraded its flash flood warning for the area to a flash flood watch Tuesday evening, but warned that another half-inch (1.25cm) of rain could still hit the region, where up to about an inch (2.5cm) had fallen over the course of a day.


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