California deluged as storms hit roads in LA area

| Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Parts of Southern California are being hit by storms that have flooded or even closed some highways as record rainfall fell Tuesday and Wednesday.

Northbound U.S. 101 was closed to traffic north of Gaviota in Santa Barbara County because of a mudslide, and portions of California Route 1 were closed in San Luis Obispo and Monterey counties due to flooding and mudslides, the California Department of Transportation reported.

Forecasters predicted that the rain throughout the region, including the Los Angeles area, would continue through the day Wednesday, Dec. 29 and possibly return in the evening hours of Thursday Dec. 30.The Los Angeles Times reported the area had received little rain from March to the start of autumn; however, since then, the area has been hit by considerable precipitation. This October was the wettest in the area in the past century, the newspaper reported.

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