LOS ANGELES (CNS) - One foothill house was declared temporarily uninhabitable, as evacuations ended for homes near the Colby Fire burn area and the heavy weekend storm moved out of Southern California today.
People in the final 26 evacuated homes in Azusa were given the green light to return just before noon, and flood closures along Highway 39 in lower San Gabriel Canyon were also lifted.
More than 10 inches of rain fell in the fire-scarred mountains above Azusa, gelndora and Monrovia in three days. Glendora City Manager Chris Jeffers told reporters the community will likely experience mudslides and related dangers any time it rains as the area continues to recover from January's Colby fire, which destroyed more than 2,000 acres.
``The damage done to our foothills is severe,'' Jeffers said. ``Our experts that have done this assessment indicate that we're going to be at this for three to five years.''
Mail delivery was canceled in Glendora Saturday at the peak of the storm but residents have until noon today to pick up missed letters and packages at 255 S. Glendora Ave.
Meanwhile, a mudslide in the Hollywood Hills has blocked the entrance to several homes and brought down a tree and power lines near Temple Hill Drive. Los Angeles Department of Water and Power officials are working to restore power in the neighborhood this morning.
In Malibu, storm-driven waves covered much of the mile-long Zuma Beach with sand and kelp after water surged through a parking lot seawall.
As the surf swelled over the Redondo Beach Pier Saturday night, The King Harbor Yacht Club was evacuated and access to the area remained restricted.
Saturday's steady downpour dropped up to 6 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles and up to 3 inches in the coastal areas, but the storm that moved in Thursday is said to be on its way out, according to the National Weather Service.
Organizers of tonight's Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood are so confident the worst is over they have removed the tents and plastic protection that were in place to shield stars during their red carpet arrivals.
On Saturday, Los Angeles city crews placed sand and empty bags for residents as a precaution.
In Azusa at least one home on Ridge View Avenue was damaged by the rain and mud flows submerging its backyard in at least a foot of mud, according to broadcast reports.
Rain -- heavy at times -- continued intermittently Saturday, and could drop one last shower today before heading out.
At it's peak, thousands of Southern California Edison and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers lost power this morning, but most had been restored by Saturday evening.
For local ski areas suffering through another dry winter, this storm has brought them good news.
Snow levels in the local mountains were expected to drop to the 5,500- foot level overnight, National Weather Service weather specialist Bonnie Bartling said. And between 6 and 18 inches of snow were expected up to 8,000 feet with accumulations of 1 to 4 feet possible above that level, forecasters said.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works reported Saturday that it had captured 26 million gallons of storm water at Eaton Wash Dam for the local water supply -- good news for the drought-ravaged Southland.
Posted by Amy King