On Wednesday morning, Laguna Beach residents finally awoke to sunny
skies. As residents wring out the water, the city looks forward to
what the National Weather Service predicts will be a dry week.
Nearly six inches of rain fell in Laguna Beach during the brunt of
the storm from Friday to Tuesday, said Gregg Barton of the city's
water quality division.
"That's a lot of water and I hope that's it," Barton said.
City officials said that Laguna weathered the storm without any
major problems. The local impact of the rain was limited to several
felled trees, minor mudslides and a multitude of large potholes that
sprung up on city streets, said Steve May, director of Public Works.
"Considering the amount of rain we received over the four-day
period, we did pretty well," May said.
Police closed Laguna Canyon Road at 4 p.m. Sunday from the San
Joaquin Tollroad to the San Diego Freeway due to flooding and debris
in the roadway, police said. All lanes of Laguna Canyon Road have now
been re-opened for traffic traveling both directions, police said.
There were several private properties that reported slides
resulting in damage to retaining walls and gas lines, May said. Any
problems that did arise as a result of the storm were cleared
quickly, May said.
"We kept a lot of staff on full time, 24 hours a day, during the
rains," May said.
Residents who experienced trouble with flooding or suspected a
mudslide called 911 and the fire department responded and determined
whether or not the situation was an emergency, said Fire Department
Battalion Chief Kris Head.
"Based on what's happened to date I would say that the city was
affected very little, but I say that with caution because landslides
can occur weeks after the rain event," Head said.