California storm: LA Mayor issues local state of emergency as atmospheric river pounds region

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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Storm update from LA officials Los Angeles leaders including Mayor Karen Bass and LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho were among those who discussed the city’s response to the major storm pounding the area.LOS ANGELES – On Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass issued a local state of emergency as a powerful storm continued to hammer down on Southern California as the risk of life-threatening flooding remains for a greater portion of the area with constant moderate to heavy rainfall.  THE LATEST: California storm: Relentless atmospheric river continues to slam SoCal Mayor Bass said the emergency declaration will make sure the city will have the required resources during the storm and the storm’s aftermath. This comes one day after Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency for eight California counties.  Bass noted first responders across the city are fully prepared for the unprecedented weather conditions and that Saturday into Sunday marked the 10th wettest day in the history of the city. City crews have been working around the clock and several rescues have taken place.  By Monday morning, the storm had already dropped more than 10 inches of rain in Woodland Hills, according to the National Weather Service. Bel Air received nearly 10.6 inches, while Beverly Hills received more than 7 inches. Some areas in the Santa Monica Mountains received nearly 11 inches. As of 4 p.m. Monday, county storm water facilities captured 1.3 billion gallons of water, which can serve 32,800 homes for a year.  LAFD fire chief: 100+ flooding incidents reported In the greater Los Angeles area, there has been an increase in reported citywide incidents by 30%, according to LAFD Fire Chief Kristin M. Crowley. As of 11:30 a.m. Monday, the Los Angeles Police Department had responded to 65 traffic collisions resulting in injuries. Meanwhile, the LAFD responded to over 130 flooding incidents, 49 mud and debris flow cases, extinguished half a dozen structure fires, conducted several water rescues, and managed a 132% increase in automatic alarms.  NOAA’s Weather Prediction Center (WPC) warned that the ongoing situation will continue to produce catastrophic flash and urban flooding in Los Angeles, which remains under a rare “high risk” of flash flooding. Atmospheric river soaks Southern California A powerful storm is bringing constant moderate and heavy rainfall to Southern California. The “high risk” is the highest rung on NOAA’s flash flood threat scale and is only issued under the most dire of flooding forecasts. The latest storm is the second atmospheric river to strike the region in recent days. Moderate to heavy rainfall has been constant since Sunday evening and remains ongoing across the Southland. The atmospheric river event is expected to last through late Tuesday morning. However, rain chances linger over the next few days and should taper off in time for the weekend.  Beverly Crest home destroyed by mudslide One home was destroyed and five others were damaged after a mudslide in Beverly Crest, as an atmospheric river storm continues to douse Southern California with heavy rain. PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Studio City homes evacuated due to mudslides An atmospheric river storm has caused mudslides in the Studio City area of Los Angeles, forcing multiple homes to evacuate. See more of what to expect below.  Image 1 of 4 ▼ Studio City, CA – February 05:Storm damage from mud, rock and debris flows along Lockridge road in Studio City, CA,  has caused major damage to vehicles and houses in the area on Monday, February 5, 2024.  Rain is expected to continue in Southern California over the next 12 hours.   (Photo by David Crane/MediaNews Group/Los Angeles Daily News via Getty Images)
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Weather Alerts Winter Storm Warning A Winter Storm Warning is in effect through 6 p.m. Tuesday in the San Bernardino County Mountains at elevations of 6,000 feet and above.  Blowing snow seen in Angeles National Forest A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for SoCal’s mountain communities through Tuesday evening. Snow totals for the area are as follows: 4–9 inches for elevations between 6,000 and 7,000 ft.9–12 inches for elevations between 7,000 and 8,000 ft.1 – 3 feet for elevations above 8,000 ft. In addition to snow, strong winds are expected, with wind gusts reaching between 50-75 mph. Travel is not recommended at this time.  Flash Flood Warning A flash flood warning is in effect for parts of Los Angeles County, which inclues Calabasas, Malibu, Santa Monica, Topanga and West Hollywood through Tuesday, February 6 at 5 a.m.  Flash Flood Watch Due to excessive rainfall, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect in Los Angeles, San Bernadino, Riverside, and Orange counties through 4 p.m. Tuesday. This includes Apple and Lucerne Valleys, the coastal and inland communities of Orange County, the mountain communities in the Inland Empire, the San Gorgonio Pass near Banning, the Santa Ana Mountains and Foothills, the Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands, LA county beaches, the San Gabriel and Santa Monica Mountains, the Antelope Valley, the Santa Susana Mountains, and across Ventura County. The NWS warns catastrophic and life-threatening flooding is possible and extensive roadway flooding is likely.  Flood Advisory A Flood Advisory was in effect through 3 p.m. Monday in central and eastern Los Angeles County. The ongoing rain caused flooding and shallow debris flows in the area, impacting communities such as Mount Wilson, North Hollywood, Culver City, Northridge, Long Beach, Wrightwood, Griffith Park and Pasadena.  Topanga Canyon roads turn into rivers Heavy rains have flooded roads across Topanga Canyon. Some people are working to clean up their homes while the rain continues to fall. Evacuation Orders and Warnings for LA County Evacuation Orders La Tuna Canyon Road area north of Hollywood Burbank Airport (affected area borders Horse Haven Street to the north, Martindale Avenue to the east, Penrose Street to the south, and Ledge Avenue to the west)Owen Fire area on Santa Maria Road from Topanga Canyon (now through 6 p.m. Tuesday)Agua Fire area along Soledad Canyon Road east of Agua Dulce Canyon Road (now through 6 p.m. Tuesday)Fish Fire burn scar area in Duarte on Mel Canyon Road between Fish Canyon Road and Brookridge Road in effect from 6 p.m. Sunday through 10 a.m. Tuesday. Evacuation Warnings Unincorporated Los Angeles County near burn scars from 10 a.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, including the Juniper Hills and Valyermo areas from the Bobcat FireLake Hughes and King Canyon from the Lake Fire (20000 block of Pine Canyon Road; 18000 block of Ellstree Drive; 46000 block of Kings Canyon Road; 18000 block of Newvale Drive; 43000 block of Lake Hughes Road)Portions of Culver City are under evacuation warnings, including Cranks Road between Tellefson Road and St. James Drive; Tellefson Road between Cranks Road and Stubbs Lane; Ranch Road between Tellefson Road and Cranks Road; the entirety of Stubbs Lane and Lugo Way; Youngworth Road between Ranch Road and Flaxton Street; Flaxton Street between Youngworth Road and Drakewood Avenue; Drakewood Avenue between Ranch Road and Northgate Street and Bernardo Road at Tellefson Road. Those warnings are in effect until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Evacuation Shelters Sunland Senior Citizen Center at 8640 Fenwick St. (people and household pets)Lake View Terrace Recreation Center at 11075 Foothill Blvd. (people and household pets)Large animals can be evacuated to Hansen Dam Horse Park at 11127 Orcas Ave. in Lake View Terrace, and the LA Equestrian Center at 480 Riverside Drive in BurbankAn emergency shelter has been set up in Culver City at the Veterans Memorial Complex at 4117 Overland Ave. Evacuation Warnings for Orange County  As of 7 p.m. Sunday, February 4, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department issued voluntary Evacuation Warnings for the following areas: Irvine LakeBlack Star & Baker CanyonSilverado CanyonWilliams CanyonModjeska CanyonLive Oak & North Trabuco CanyonTrabuco, Rose, Holy Jim Canyon Residents with questions about evacuations are encouraged to call 211 for more information. Residents needing shelter assistance can call 855-891-7325. Evacuations and Orders for Ventura County Evacuation Orders  Matilija Canyon / North Fork / Camino Cielo (Unincorporated Ojai) Evacuation Warnings Ventura RV Resort (City of Ventura) (LIFTED as of 9 a.m. Monday)Community of Foster Park / Camp Chaffee (Unincorporated Ventura) (LIFTED as of 10:30 a.m. Monday)Old Creek Road. / Creek Road (Unincorporated Ojai) (LIFTED as of 10:30 a.m. Monday)4 structures on Grada Avenue & Trueno Avenue (Unincorporated Camarillo) Evacuation Advisory Community of La Conchita Evacuation Shelters Ventura College Gymnasium (4667 Telegraph Road, Ventura, CA 93003)For the Owen Fire burn area, a shelter has been established through the American Red Cross at OneGeneration Senior Enrichment Center, 18255 Victory Blvd. in Reseda. For large animals, an animal shelter is available at Agoura Animal Care Center, 29525 Agoura Road in Agoura Hills. Several more inches of rain are expected to fall across the region by the time the system ends its assault by midweek. FOX 11’s Alexa Mae Asperin and FOX Weather contributed to this report.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.