Just before 9 a.m. Tuesday, Caltrans worker Demauriel Myles sat in his truck, parked perpendicular across Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Four signs that read “Road closed” formed an impromptu blockade just south of Grand View Drive.
A wave of mud rolled down a hillside in the canyon just after 5 a.m. Tuesday, burying a car and blocking the northbound lane, Myles said. The road was closed in both directions
Caltrans crews had started to dig out the mudslide using a truck with an attached plow, Myles said, but they were proceeding cautiously because Tuesday’s forecast called for more rain throughout the day.
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The 101 Freeway was hit hard by flooding and mudslides as heavy rains slammed the Thomas fire burn area Tuesday morning.
The freeway was shut down in both directions for more than 30 miles in the Thomas fire burn area because of flooding and debris flow, spanning an area from Santa Barbara to Ventura, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Highway 33 also has been closed between Fairview and Rose Valley roads north of Ojai, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
La Tuna Canyon Road will remain CLOSED from Sunland Blvd to the 210 freeway until further notice due to #LARain and the potential for flooding and debris flow in the areas of the recent brush fires. pic.twitter.com/ltUO7ELufx
The hills above Burbank, which were hit by a major wildfire in summer, saw mudflows sweep away several cars Tuesday morning.
There were no reports of injuries, but officials urged residents to stay away from the area. Portions of the Burbank burn zone were evacuated Monday. They include:
-- Country Club Drive above Via Montana -- All of Hamline Place -- 925-1030 Groton Drive -- 830-849 Stephen Road -- 907-936 Irving Drive -- 2906 and 2934 Olney Place -- 2934 Remy Place -- 2949 Mystic View Place -- 3430-3436 Brace Canyon Road -- 3301-3310 Brookshire Court -- 3318, 3321, 3322 and 3422 Wedgewood Court -- 3514-3519 Folkstone Court -- 3529-3530 Castleman Lane