LA Residents Evacuated as New Storm Bears Down

Another pummeling for southern California
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2010 3:00 AM CST
LA Residents Evacuated as New Storm Bears Down
A Los Angeles Fire Department battalion chief responding to a report of a mudslide at Blanchard Canyon Rd. in the Sunland area of Los Angeles become stuck in a mudslide.   (AP Photo/Mike Meadows)

Evacuations have been ordered in mudslide-prone Los Angeles neighborhoods as the third storm in as many days bears down on the city. Heavy storms early this week resulted in flooding and a tornado warning. Police officers have been going door-to-door in vulnerable neighborhoods telling hundreds of residents to be out of their homes by this morning, AP reports.

Officials are racing agains Mother Nature, said LA County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman. "If she wins the race there's no way we can assure that firefighters, as well-equipped and as trained as they are, will be able to get into your neighborhood and make rescues," he warned. Residents have been told to expect to be out of their homes for up to 5 days.
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