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Snow-capped San Gabriel Mountains behind downtown L.A., viewed from Baldwin Hills, as things dry out from a week of rain Dec. 24, 2010.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

Carter Pike, shown in black shirt at right, and brother, Dylan Pike, right, watch as a crane pulls Carter's 2008 Dodge Charger from the creek near Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Gregg Hass, 10, plays with a ball found while beachcombing amid the huge pile of debris washed down local rivers and pushed onto Huntington Beach by the tides.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Daniel Sanchez, 24, looks at his 2007 Toyota Camry buried in mud on Tyler Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Leslie Constante, 29, weeps in front of her home on Tyler Street on Thursday after it was red-tagged due to flood damage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Ibeth Garcia, right, and her brother Cesar salvage belongings from their home Thursday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

The effects of flooding and mud flows can be seen on Church Street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Workers with Pacific Cleaning Services sweep mud off the sidewalks Thursday along Ocean Avenue.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Al Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A rainbow seems to emanate from downtown as a storm cell passes through the city in the late afternoon Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genero Molina / Los Angeles Times

A rainbow appears over Los Angeles City Hall on Wednesday afternoon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

Caryle Fox goes home for the day as a storm passes through. The giant chair sits in the middle of the parking lot as an icon for the L.A. Mart, south of downtown.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina

The skyscrapers downtown appear amid the clouds in this view from Mulholland Highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo Dearatanha / Los Angeles Times

A home is inundated with mud.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Georgene Stepanic, right, and friend Bob Reid are dressed to cope with the elements as they enjoy their Sunday morning coffee al fresco at the Cow's End Cafe in Venice.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

A tree was uprooted Sunday in the Mar Vista neighborhood on Los Angeles' Westside.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Katie Falkenberg / For The Times

Fallen rocks along several miles of Pacific Coast Highway on Monday prompted officials to close the road from 1.1 miles north of the Los Angeles-Ventura county line to 4.4 miles south of Oxnard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Orange County urban search and rescue team members check out a Porsche trapped amid surging water on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A friend carries Kirsten Cook from her mud-filled house on Wednesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

The Sorrento Valley rail station parking lot in San Diego was flooded after a night of heavy rain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Clyde Jennings' lumber business wasn't quite as advertised after flood waters filled it with 3 to 4 feet of water on Sorrento Valley Road north of San Diego.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

Residents try to free a van that was pushed onto the banks of a creek by flowing mud and water in Silverado Canyon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A resident carries rocks to stop mud flow that covered the street up to a stop sign in a neighborhood above Silverado Canyon Road.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Julia Tester clears the bridge over a raging creek at Kitterman Drive in Silverado Canyon.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Scott Sporleder of Laguna Beach drinks coffee in flip flops and board shorts while wading in mud along Coast Highway in downtown Laguna Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Portions of Main Beach in downtown Laguna Beach are washed away by the latest storm.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Mud and flooded streets greeted residents in downtown Laguna Beach on Wednesday morning after the latest in a series of storms pounded the area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

A small crayfish finds itself on a muddy sidewalk along Pacific Coast Highway in downtown Laguna Beach after a night of stormy weather and heavy rain.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Storm-driven waves leap over the riprap barrier along Strand Way in Oceanside, where a couple take a morning walk during a lull in rainstorms that have pounded the Southland for days.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

It was high tide and choppy on Highway 78 in Oceanside where Buena Vista Creek overflowed and flooded the El Camino Real on-ramp. Eastbound traffic eases through floodwater just after California Highway Patrol officers reopened the highway.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

The area where Coast Highway and Broadway meet in downtown Laguna Beach was washed away by the latest storm Wednesday morning.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times

Montrose Search and Rescue Reserve Sheriff's Deputy John Camphouse prepares waiver forms for residents who are choosing to stay after he tells them of a mandatory evacuation for the La Cañada Flintridge neighborhood along Ocean View Boulevard.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

A handful of people braved the rains and wind that have inundated Southern California by walking onto the Huntington Beach Pier to get a look at the storm as it continued to move onshore Tuesday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

Long Beach residents Eveleyn Chen and Mahdi Chebbi, both 15, splash around a flooded portion of Country Club Drive near Cerritos Park on Tuesday.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A home on Mockingbird Road in Wrightwood suffered extensive mud and water damage during a flash flood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A driver in a Jeep crosses floodwaters on a washed-out section of Lytle Creek Road in San Bernardino County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Heavy rains have washed out parts of Lytle Creek Road. Other parts of the road are flooded and barely passable.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A mural on South Van Ness Avenue in Los Angeles is in keeping with the stormy-weather theme.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

A truck is stuck on Wrightwood's Desert Front Road amid debris and fast-moving water from a creek.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

Homeowner Adam Giagni waits for a tree-service company Tuesday morning to remove a eucalyptus that fell on his house Monday night, damaging the home he has owned for less than a year.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Two of the four men rescued by the Orange County Fire Authority are evaluated by paramedics in an ambulance at the rescue command post in Trabuco Canyon after spending a cold, rainy night stranded by floodwaters in Holy Jim Canyon. A fire authority rescue helicopter lifted the men from one side of the creek and lowered them to safety.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

Scott Howard and his daughter Shelby team up to remove the snow from a neighbor's driveway and car on Goldhill Drive.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

A TV crew reports on the storms amid driving rain on Ocean View Boulevard near the burn area.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times

Brett McCalla, 6, left, and his sister Josie, 4, join their friend Nicolas McAree, 8, for a little frolicking in flooded Polliwog Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Max McCalla, 9, slips while playing at flooded Polliwog Park.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Workers from Vessel Assist/Boat U.S. attempt to raise a boat that sank due to the rains in Long Beach.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

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Series of storms hits Southern California

Southern California has been hit by a string of heavy rains, with the latest storm causing flooding,  road closures and evacuation orders in Orange County.

The wet weather has swollen streams and rivers.  Highways were flooded and several mudslides and rock slides were reported late Monday night and into Tuesday. On Wednesday, Laguna Beach awoke to find its Main Beach washed away by storm-whipped waves and its downtown streets covered in mud.

Evacuations had been ordered for 200 homes in the L.A. County foothills.

This month has already seen more than 5 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles, putting the record of 8.77 inches for December within reach. Mammoth Mountain has experienced record December snow levels.

For the latest storm coverage, go to L.A. Now.

15 Comments

  1. December 21, 2010, 12:59 pm

    [...] Photos: Series of storms hits Southern California [...]

  2. December 21, 2010, 1:06 pm

    Aw your stuck bro!

    By: Aardvark
  3. December 21, 2010, 6:28 pm

    [...]   Photos: Series of storms hits Southern California [...]

  4. December 21, 2010, 9:39 pm

    [...]   Photos: Series of storms hits Southern California [...]

  5. December 22, 2010, 1:16 pm

    That's what you get for not registering your license!

    By: JKB
  6. December 22, 2010, 4:09 pm

    That picture of the lobster is fake…don't they turn orange AFTER they're cooked?

    By: Me@hotmail.com
  7. December 22, 2010, 4:14 pm

    [...] Series of storms hits Southern California Southern California has been hit by a string of heavy rains, with the latest storm causing flooding,  road closures [...] [...]

  8. December 22, 2010, 8:17 pm

    [...] Latest photos: Series of storms hits Southern California [...]

  9. December 22, 2010, 9:36 pm

    I took a nice picture of the double rainbow today from USC but not sure how to submit it to LA Times. Nevertheless, here is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/madiator/5284235865/

    By: Madiator
  10. December 22, 2010, 10:00 pm

    [...] are graphic pictures from the LA Times here showing flooding in southern California and more details from Fox News here. A hotel was evacuated [...]

  11. December 22, 2010, 11:40 pm

    Your is not short for you are. That would be you're.

    By: john
  12. December 23, 2010, 12:10 am

    Link to video of flooding in downtown Long Beach on 12/22/2010 at the 6th Street exit of the 710 Freeway:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHf8-qAnqcw

    Link to images of flooding in exact same location on 01/20/2010:

    http://tinyurl.com/floodingLB

    By: Adreana Langston
  13. December 23, 2010, 10:49 am

    [...] Latest photos: Series of storms hits Southern California [...]

  14. December 23, 2010, 11:16 am

    It's a crayfish, not a lobster…

    By: mickey@mouse.com
  15. December 24, 2010, 5:07 am

    WHAT A MESS! Cousins in San Bernardino near Highland are saturated~WHO said it never rains in California? THEY L I E D~

    By: kk1kk1kk1@yahoo.com

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