After fleeing a wildfire that came dangerously close to his Northern California home earlier this month, Dale Word evacuated again when flash floods inundated roads and trapped motorists and residents.

A mudslide trapped several vehicles along Valley of the Falls Drive in Forest Falls in San Bernardino County, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. Mud and rock slides have also closed two mountain highways northeast of Los Angeles. (Stan Lim/The Orange County Register via AP)
A mudslide trapped several vehicles along Valley of the Falls Drive in Forest Falls in San Bernardino County, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. Mud and rock slides have also closed two mountain highways northeast of Los Angeles. (Stan Lim/The Orange County Register via AP)

Swift water teams used boats to make rescues at three homes and officials told people in about 100 vehicles to stay in place. The rain receded late Thursday afternoon, leaving a mess of sticky mud and debris. Downed trees and power poles littered the landscape.

An Orange County Sheriff vehicle closes Trabuco Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2018, due to a flash flood warning as heavy rain and storms moved through Orange County and Southern California. Orange County authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation Thursday of Trabuco Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, where a wildfire burned earlier this year. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)
An Orange County Sheriff vehicle closes Trabuco Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2018, due to a flash flood warning as heavy rain and storms moved through Orange County and Southern California. Orange County authorities ordered a mandatory evacuation Thursday of Trabuco Canyon in the Santa Ana Mountains, where a wildfire burned earlier this year. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

Word, a firmware engineer, waded through thigh-high water to higher ground in his semi-rural Chico neighborhood — stunned by the disasters that have hit Butte County. The recent fire came within several hundred feet of his home, which is about 140 miles (225 kilometers) northeast of San Francisco.

A crew is busy in clearing the road in front of Glen Ivy RV Park along Temescal Canyon Road Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Corona, Calif. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP)
A crew is busy in clearing the road in front of Glen Ivy RV Park along Temescal Canyon Road Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Corona, Calif. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP)

“Everywhere you go you’re talking to people who have lost everything and it’s just tragic,” Word said. He jokingly added, “It feels like the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are going to come riding over the hill any day now.”

A rainbow spans the sky in Victorville, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The first winter storm of the season arrived bringing moderate rain and wind. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)
A rainbow spans the sky in Victorville, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The first winter storm of the season arrived bringing moderate rain and wind. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (James Quigg/The Daily Press via AP)

Thursday’s storm brought 1½ inches (3.8 centimeters) of rain in an hour, said the National Weather Service.

An Orange County Public Works employee takes video of the flash flood water blackened by ash and debris from the Holy Fire as it rushes along Trabuco Creek and under Trabuco Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2018, as heavy rain and storms moved through Orange County and Southern California. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)
An Orange County Public Works employee takes video of the flash flood water blackened by ash and debris from the Holy Fire as it rushes along Trabuco Creek and under Trabuco Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2018, as heavy rain and storms moved through Orange County and Southern California. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)

The sheriff’s department ordered evacuations but could not say how many people were affected. The water rescues were in Chico, where many of the fire evacuees from Paradise are staying.

A car passes by a sign warning area residents of a flash flood warning along Trabuco Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2018, as heavy rain and storms moved through Orange County and Southern California. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)
A car passes by a sign warning area residents of a flash flood warning along Trabuco Canyon Road in Trabuco Canyon, Calif., on Thursday morning, Nov. 29, 2018, as heavy rain and storms moved through Orange County and Southern California. (Mark Rightmire/The Orange County Register via AP)
Mud and debris has flowed onto Kanan-Dume Road in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Bands of heavy rain are moving across Southern California, raising concerns about mudslides in areas scorched by wildfires. Coastal health authorities are urging people to stay away from beach water, which may contain bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other public health hazards due to runoff. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Mud and debris has flowed onto Kanan-Dume Road in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Bands of heavy rain are moving across Southern California, raising concerns about mudslides in areas scorched by wildfires. Coastal health authorities are urging people to stay away from beach water, which may contain bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other public health hazards due to runoff. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Paradise has been under mandatory evacuation orders for nearly three weeks since the firestorm killed at least 88 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes.

A man surfs near Fort Point in front of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. A storm moving into California on Thursday brought rain that threatened to unleash debris flows in wildfire burn areas and snow that could cause travel problems in the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
A man surfs near Fort Point in front of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. A storm moving into California on Thursday brought rain that threatened to unleash debris flows in wildfire burn areas and snow that could cause travel problems in the Sierra Nevada. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Residents could begin returning early next week, but only if the wet weather doesn’t hinder efforts to clear roads and restore power, Sheriff Kory Honea said Wednesday.

Mud and debris has flowed down normally-dry Solstice Creek in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Bands of heavy rain are moving across Southern California, raising concerns about possible mudslides in areas scorched by wildfires. Coastal health authorities are urging people to stay away from beach water, which may contain bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other public health hazards due to runoff. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Mud and debris has flowed down normally-dry Solstice Creek in an area burned by the Woolsey Fire in Malibu, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Bands of heavy rain are moving across Southern California, raising concerns about possible mudslides in areas scorched by wildfires. Coastal health authorities are urging people to stay away from beach water, which may contain bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash and other public health hazards due to runoff. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

In Southern California, authorities ordered evacuations in a small Malibu community within a wildfire burn zone where a mudslide blocked streets amid the heavy rains. No major damage was reported by the time flood warnings and watches expired.

Firefighters remove pieces of scaffolding that were blown down on Taraval Street during stormy weather on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in San Francisco. A storm moving into California on Thursday brought rain that threatened to unleash debris flows in wildfire burn areas and snow that could cause travel problems in the Sierra Nevada. (Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)
Firefighters remove pieces of scaffolding that were blown down on Taraval Street during stormy weather on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in San Francisco. A storm moving into California on Thursday brought rain that threatened to unleash debris flows in wildfire burn areas and snow that could cause travel problems in the Sierra Nevada. (Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle via AP)

The storm knocked out power and flooded roadways across greater Los Angeles. Numerous traffic accidents occurred on slick freeways and most vehicles traveling in the mountains were ordered to put chains on their tires. Mud and rock slides also closed two mountain highways.

Corona fireman Charlie Apodaca places sand bags at a business to protect it from flooding along Temescal Canyon Road Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Corona, Calif. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP)
Corona fireman Charlie Apodaca places sand bags at a business to protect it from flooding along Temescal Canyon Road Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Corona, Calif. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (Irfan Khan/Los Angeles Times via AP)

Residents were urged to voluntarily evacuate a string of neighborhoods about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Los Angeles along a flank of the Santa Ana Mountains where a fire burned thousands of acres last summer. Mandatory evacuations were ordered for parts of the city of Lake Elsinore beneath charred hillsides where there were heavy debris flows but no significant damage.

With cloudy skies and rain falling, a bike rider turns off Broadway, as people walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The storm has knocked out power and flooded roadways across Southern California. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP)
With cloudy skies and rain falling, a bike rider turns off Broadway, as people walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The storm has knocked out power and flooded roadways across Southern California. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP)
With cloudy skies and rain falling, people walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The storm has knocked out power and flooded roadways across Southern California. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP)
With cloudy skies and rain falling, people walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The storm has knocked out power and flooded roadways across Southern California. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP)

West of Los Angeles, no major problems were reported after rain fell heavily at times in vast areas burned by fires this month and last December — an area where there are strong memories of a January downpour that unleashed devastating debris flows through the community of Montecito that killed 21 people and left two missing.

With cloudy skies and rain falling, people walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP)
With cloudy skies and rain falling, people walk in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Forecasters say the weather system that has been raining all day on Southern California has developed instability and may produce thunderstorms. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via AP)

On the coast near Big Sur, the California Department of Transportation closed a 12-mile (19-kilometer) stretch of Highway 1 because of potential instability.

A motorist creates a big splash, due to the rain, while driving through the flooded intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The storm knocked out power and flooded roadways across greater Los Angeles (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via AP)
A motorist creates a big splash, due to the rain, while driving through the flooded intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. The storm knocked out power and flooded roadways across greater Los Angeles (Mel Melcon/Los Angeles Times via AP)

The weather service also issued a backcountry avalanche warning for most of the central Sierra, including the Lake Tahoe area.

Vehicles pass each other on a flooded street Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Chico, Calif. Flash flooding hit a wildfire-scarred area of Northern California on Thursday, forcing officials to deploy swift water rescue teams to save people stuck in vehicles and rescue them from homes after a downpour near the Paradise area. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Vehicles pass each other on a flooded street Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, in Chico, Calif. Flash flooding hit a wildfire-scarred area of Northern California on Thursday, forcing officials to deploy swift water rescue teams to save people stuck in vehicles and rescue them from homes after a downpour near the Paradise area. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

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First responders from the Los Angeles Fire Department lifted a man from a rain-swollen river to the safety of their helicopter on Thursday. The man was taken to a local hospital conscious and suffering from hypothermia, fire officials said. (Nov. 29)
First responders from the Los Angeles Fire Department lifted a man from a rain-swollen river to the safety of their helicopter on Thursday. The man was taken to a local hospital conscious and suffering from hypothermia, fire officials said. (Nov. 29)

Source: The Associated Press

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