CHP advises low speeds, center lanes for safe driving

Traffic continued to flow despite flooding Saturday on the southbound Golden State (5) Freeway from the Hyperion Avenue exit to the Glendale Boulevard exit, according to the California Highway Patrol

About 6 to 9 inches of rain were reported by drivers, officials from the highway patrol agency said.

Across the Glendale-Burbank-La Cañada region, a number of drivers lost control of their vehicles on local freeways due to slick roads, temporarily blocking off lanes Saturday morning and afternoon, though no Sig Alerts were issued.

Officer Peter Bishop with the California Highway Patrol said many of the traffic incidents occurring in the storm were due to speed.

"The speed limit is 65," he said. "When traffic conditions are adverse, people need to drive at a speed slower than that to avoid hydroplaning."

Bishop also advised driving in the center lane of the freeway during heavy downpours. 

"You need to remember, too, that roads are designed so that water runs off into the outer lanes and that's on purpose," he said. "If you're driving in the center lanes, there's less of a chance you'll hydroplane."

Lanes on the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway near the San Fernando exit were also temporarily closed Saturday afternoon due to an animal hazard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Drivers were re-routed due to reports of a dog on the freeway. Additional details were not immediately available.

-- Sameea Kamal,

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