Dozens of residents, including children, displaced after debris flow damages homes in Beverly Crest

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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BEVERLY CREST, LOS ANGELES (KABC) — From damaging mudslides to a gas line issue, the weekend storm left quite a mess for residents in Beverly Glen, Beverly Crest and other surrounding areas.

In Beverly Crest, firefighters responded to a massive debris flow where they helped stranded residents from at least seven homes that had to be evacuated, including children. Authorities said between 20 to 25 people in total had to be evacuated so far.

A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesperson said debris and mud made went into different parts of the homes, including rooms, garages and even pools.

“From some of the debris flow that we’ve had throughout the city in the last few days, we have seen that be an issue, where not only is the home impacted but also the swimming pools are impacted,” said LAFD Public Information Officer Cody Weireter. “Especially at night, [it’s] an immediate danger, not only for firefighters on scene, but for civilians that are evacuating because if they just don’t see it, they could possibly fall in.”

Meanwhile, a gas leak was reported on Caribou Lane in Bel Air, where an ABC7 viewer said a home slid down the street, causing a piano to slide out of the house. There’s no word if anyone was inside the home or if there are any injuries.

There’s no word if anyone was inside the home or if there are any injuries.

During a press conference Monday morning, LAFD Chief Kristin Crowley said during the storm, crews responded to more than 130 flooding incidents, 49 mud and debris flows, and extinguished half of a dozen structure fires impacted by several water rescues for stranded drivers.

“The hazards of the storm have yet not passed as the storm continues to impact our city,” said Crowley. “We anticipate another wave of heavy rains later on this afternoon. We advise residents to exercise caution. If you must venture out, stay away from standing and moving water. Slow down if you are driving, and be on the lookout for downed power lines and trees.”

LAFD responded to at least 13 calls for service between Sunday night and Monday morning in Beverly Glen, mostly for flooding issues and mud and debris flows.

Eyewitness News spoke with one Beverly Glen resident whose Prius got stuck in mud on the side of the road.

“It’s pretty deep in the mud,” said Gabrielle Kennedy early Monday morning. “I’m going to attempt to shovel it out. It was in my driveway, and then there was a mudslide on the side of my house. My house is ok, but as you can see, it’s pretty treacherous.”

Kennedy’s vehicle was towed later in the morning, but at least 5 inches of mud remained.

With rain expected to continue falling throughout the day and into Tuesday, a flash flood warning was issued until 3 p.m. for the Santa Monica Mountains and the Hollywood Hills, with forecasters saying between 5 and 10 inches of rain had already fallen in some areas, increasing the risk of flooding and rock and mudslide activity.

A flood advisory was issued for the rest of L.A. County through 3 p.m. as rain continued falling. Los Angeles officials urged residents to stay home and off the roads Monday. Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in eight counties in the state, including Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Los Angeles County later declared its own state of emergency.

City News Service, Inc. 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.