Former Hurricane Doreen closes Interstate 8

Aug. 17, 1977: Interstate 8 is littered with rocks and other debris near Ocotillo, Calif., after heavy rain from the remnants of Hurricane Doreen. 

Staff photographer Michael Mally covered the storm damage in the Imperial Valley. The first three photos in the above gallery appeared in the Aug. 18, 1977, Los Angeles Times.

Los Angeles Times staff writer John Kendall reported in the Aug. 18, 1977, edition:

Tropical depression Doreen, the remnant of a full-fledged hurricane, dissipated into a “mass of moisture today, leaving a cloud cover over much of Southern California and prospects for sunny, warm weather.

The National Weather Service predicted that skies would clear by Friday afternoon and that high temperatures in the Los Angeles area would rise to the mid-80s.

In its short, destructive life, Doreen – spawned off Baja California – was blamed for at least five deaths and millions of dollars in damage to crops, home and highways. …

The storm dumped 2.26 inches of rain on the Civic Center, setting a record for August in Los Angeles. Previously, the most rain recorded in the month was 0.61 of an inch in 1889, according to private weather statistician Kenneth Levitt.

Damage to crops, most of it in the Imperial Valley, was estimated conservatively at close to $20 million. …

In El Centro today, Imperial County Undersheriff Bruce Anderholt reported that skies were clear and sunny and that “everything is pretty back to normal.”

Interstate 8, closed by a washout at Mountain Springs grade, was again open to San Diego, and Highway 111 to Indio was passable, although there were mud holes and muddy areas along the route. …