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Forecasters said the weekend storm was the strongest in several years. It set new rainfall records on Sunday and caused widespread flooding after several hours of sustained, pouring rain.

Key info

  • Rain will continue today, though it's likely to be less intense than it was over the weekend
  • The city of Duarte has issued evacuation orders for residents living in the areas burned last summer by the Fish fire in the San Gabriel Mountains near Azusa.
  • Santa Clarita issued notices for about 120 homes in the vicinity of last summer’s Sand fire.
  • Evacuations were also ordered in burn areas in Silverado Canyon in Orange County and parts of Santa Barbara County.

I-80 closed in both directions near Donner Summit after mudslide as big as a football field

A mudslide at Donner Summit forced the closure of Interstate 80. (Handout / California Highway Patrol)
A mudslide at Donner Summit forced the closure of Interstate 80. (Handout / California Highway Patrol)

A major mudslide at Donner Summit on Sunday night closed Interstate 80 in the Sierra Nevada, cutting off the main transportation route between Reno and San Francisco.

California Highway Patrol Officer Peter Mann said the flow of mud and rock extended across the westbound lanes of the road for about the length of a football field and was 7 feet deep in places.

UPDATE: Eastbound I-80 reopens after major mudslide prompted overnight closure >>

Downed power lines forced the closure of the eastbound lanes and complicated cleanup efforts, he said.

The road was expected to remain closed for hours, possibly until Monday morning. By then, it could be snowing thick enough to require chains for passage.

"The mess just keeps getting better," Mann said.

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