The Latest: Officials say Northern California levee breached

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on storms hitting the West (all times local):

3:10 p.m.

Officials in Northern California say a levee along a highway has breached and they are monitoring the rural area in case a highway gets flooded or train tracks are damaged.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Andrew Barclay says crews with several agencies are watching the swollen Novato Creek, which is flooding a field to the south of Highway 37.

Barclay says the highway remains open but they may close it if it gets flooded.

There are no nearby homes or structures threatened by flooding but the officials posted about the breach on social media to warn area residents of the possible closure.


2:20 p.m.

A section of a two-lane mountain highway in Southern California has been washed away during a deluge that has flooded roads throughout the state.

Photos posted by Caltrans Thursday show about 75 feet (23 meters) of pavement completely collapsed along State Route 243 in the San Jacinto Mountains southeast of Los Angeles.

Resident Gary Agner says several other roads are also closed in and around the mountain community of Idyllwild. Agner says his young daughter’s two friends will likely stay over tonight because their parents can’t get through to pick them up.

More than 2.2 inches (5.5 centimeters) of rain was recorded over 48 hours in Idyllwild, a remote resort town in Riverside County.

The storm is losing steam as it moves through inland Southern California but forecasters warn the threat of flash flooding remains.


12:30 p.m.

The National Weather Service reports staggering rainfall amounts in California, including more than 9.4 inches (24 centimeters) over 48 hours at one location in the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles.

The service says as of 11 a.m. Thursday more than 4 inches (10.1 centimeters) fell over 48 hours near a wildfire burn scar close to the city of Lake Elsinore in the Santa Ana Mountains. Hillside neighborhoods are under evacuation orders because of the high risk of mudslides.

To the north, downtown San Francisco received more than 1.75 inches (4.4 centimeters) of rain over 24 hours. Across San Francisco Bay, a woman escaped serious injury when her hillside home was swept away during a mudslide.

A series of winter storms has all but eliminated drought-level dryness in California this winter.


12:15 p.m.

A woman who was dragged down a hill by a mudslide along with her home had minor injuries, including cuts and bruises.

Sausalito Police spokeswoman Natalie Poston says the woman was in a single duplex that slid off a hill in Sausalito, damaging five cars and destroying a home downhill.

The woman’s son identified her as Susan Gordon and says in a GoFundMe page that she was buried under a tree and mud for two hours early Thursday while fire crews dug her out.

Lisa Molbert was sleeping in her home down the hill when she was awoken by howling winds.

She tells KPIX-TV she heard something that sounded “like a tornado.”

Molbert says a tree branch busted through her kitchen window and that another neighbor’s home was damaged.


11:37 a.m.

A powerful storm drenching Southern California has forced postponement of a Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony for the rock band Aerosmith.

The band was scheduled to be honored with dedication of a star on Hollywood Boulevard on Thursday morning, but weather is too severe.

Organizers say they are working to find another date.


10:30 a.m.

Thousands of customers are without power in Northern California after the second of two heavy storms hit the area, toppling trees and downing power lines.

More than 30,000 remain without electricity in Shasta County, where some communities have received more than a foot of snow in the last 24 hours.

Paul Moreno, a spokesman with Pacific Gas & Pacific Gas, says 28,000 of their customers remain without power in Shasta County. Another 6,000 customers of Redding Electric Utility have been without power since Wednesday morning.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, at least 41,000 lost power Thursday.

PG&E spokeswoman Karly Hernandez tells the San Francisco Chronicle the largest amount of outages were in the North Bay with nearly 17,000 customers without power


9:45 a.m.

About 300 residents of a Northern California community were told to flee their homes because a nearby creek was flooding.

The Butte County sheriff ordered the community of Nord to evacuate immediately at about 9:30 a.m.

Nord is about 20 miles west of Paradise, a city of 14,000 mostly destroyed by California’s most destructive wildfire last year.

No injuries were reported.


8:22 a.m.

The storm impacting Southern California has disrupted a major golf tournament and has shut down two theme parks.

The Genesis Open at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles halted play after less than an hour Thursday morning due to wet conditions.

Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County and Six Flags Magic Mountain north of Los Angeles both say they’ll remain closed for the day due to inclement weather.


7:40 a.m.

Officials in San Jose have lifted evacuation orders for those living along the Guadalupe River, saying the river has crested and is going down.

An email alert early Thursday urged those who live by the river to seek higher ground due to flooding threats.

In Sausalito, fire and city crews continue to assess whether they need to shore up the hill where a home with a woman inside slid down destroying another house that was apparently vacant.

Southern Marin Fire District Chief Chris Tubbs Chief Chris Tubbs tells KGO-TV gas and power lines were damaged and that at least 50 homes were evacuated a precaution.

A woman was rescued from the wreckage and taken to a hospital.


6:57 a.m.

Flash flood warnings have been issued for neighborhoods around a wildfire burn scar southeast of Los Angeles as an atmospheric river storm sends waves of rain into California.

The National Weather Service says the atmospheric river sagged southward from Northern California overnight and is pointed at the southwestern corner of the state early Thursday.

Riverside County has ordered mandatory and voluntary evacuations for residents living near slopes burned bare by the Holy Fire in the Cleveland National Forest last summer.

Elsewhere, motorists are dealing with localized street flooding and numerous accidents.


6:30 a.m.

A woman has been rescued from the wreckage of her Northern California home after it slid down a hill during a second day of heavy rain.

Video from the rescue shows the woman conscious and talking as she is taken away on a gurney by rescue crews.

KNTV reports at least 50 homes have been evacuated after a mudslide struck the neighborhood in Sausalito, north of San Francisco.

Officials have set up an evacuation center as the strong storm continues to pound the area.

The National Weather Service forecasters say Sausalito has received nearly 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain over the last 24 hours.

Further south, authorities are urging people to leave homes near the Guadalupe River in San Jose.

Officials in Santa Clara emailed an alert early Thursday, saying those who live by the river should seek higher ground due to flooding threats.


12 a.m.

Heavy rain is again raising the risk of mudslides in Southern California burn areas where evacuations have been ordered during a powerful storm that flooded roads and toppled trees further north.

The system known as an atmospheric river snaked south early Thursday from the Pacific Northwest while feeding on moisture stretching across the ocean to near Hawaii.

Mandatory evacuations were in effect for areas near a burn scar in the Lake Elsinore area southeast of Los Angeles where officials say the risk of debris flows is high.

Motorists are urged to use caution or avoid travel on mountain roads where whiteout conditions are possible. Up to 7 feet (2.1 meters) of new snow could be dumped in the Sierra Nevada at elevations above 9,000 feet (2,743 meters).


This story has been corrected to attribute 6:30 a.m. item to KNTV and correct name to National Weather Service.

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