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THE CALIFORNIA DELUGE : Beach City Woes

Three of Southern California’s most popular coastal destinations--Malibu, Laguna Beach and Santa Barbara--were dealt blows by this week’s storms. On Wednesday, each went about taking stock.

Santa Barbara

Population: 193,416

Storm total: 15.55 inches

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What happened Wednesday: Workers shoveled mud off streets and freeway ramps; residents sandbagged hillsides; link to Los Angeles via U.S. 101 opened.

Status: Large sections of town covered in mud. 94 displaced residents in shelters; Highway 154 closed.

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Malibu

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Population: 72,283

Storm total: 10.65 inches*

What Happened Wednesday: Bulldozers worked to clear Pacific Coast Highway; shopowners and workers cleaned mud from houses and streets.

Status: Pacific Coast Highway should have one lane open in each direction this morning. Topanga Canyon Road closed due to structural damage.

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Laguna Beach

Population: 46,731

Storm total: 9 inches*

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What happened Wednesday: Crews cleared mud off downtown streets and Pacific Coast Highway; workers used boulders to fill a 50 feet deep by 200-foot-wide sinkhole on Main Beach.

Status: State of emergency in force; portions of Laguna Canyon Road remain closed by flooding. Pacific Coast Highway open during rush hour only.

* Rainfall totals from Jan. 3 through Jan. 10

Sources: Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, U.S. Census, individual cities

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Researched by APRIL JACKSON / Los Angeles Times


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