San Bernardino Mountains hit by flash floods, downpours continue

Heavy rains continue to wreak havoc in the mountains and deserts of Southern California, including flash flooding that forced a San Bernardino County sheriff’s search and rescue team to help seven hikers trapped near of Forest Falls on Saturday.

The weekend deluge hit just over a week after historic rains and floods inundated Death Valley National Park, trapping hundreds of visitors and staff in the park due of road closures, the second major deluge that week to hit what is usually one of the hottest spots. on earth. Earlier this month, monsoon rains and mudslides also wiped out a section of Highway 38 near Big Bear and stranded more than 200 people on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

This treacherous weather is expected to continue through the week.

“It’s pretty much the same pattern where you have this humidity just east of LA County that’s capable of generating slow-moving thunderstorms every day in the mountains and the desert,” said meteorologist Eric Boldt of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “They’re certainly capable of heavy rain and flash flooding, so that’s pretty much something we have to watch for every day.”

Neighboring Arizona is also being hit hard by heavy monsoons, and flood warnings were issued across the state throughout the weekend. Flood watches remained in effect Sunday in parts of southeastern California, northwestern Arizona and Nevada.

Also with the threat of showers, the Southern California heat wave is expected to continue through the week, and excessive heat warnings have been issued in the Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley. . where temperatures can reach over 109 degrees.

“It’s been hot before, I know, but it’s going to get worse,” Boldt said.

Four children and three adults have been rescued after a flash flood left them stranded on the other side of the floodwaters. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue team responded to the scene and used a rope system to guide the stranded victims through the floodwaters. One person at a time crossed the whitewater with the advice of SAR members to safety.


On Saturday, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials rescued a group of seven hikers, including four children, trapped after heavy rain, according to KTLA-TV. Video of the rescue provided to the station showed the hikers crossing a creek using a rope system set up by the sheriff’s search and rescue team. No injuries were reported.

Vince Lupian, 23, of Angelus Oaks, said mountain communities along Highway 38 toward Big Bear have been hammered by the severe rainstorms for weeks.

The freeway north of Oaks Restaurant, where Lupian works as a waiter, has been closed since earlier this month after heavy rain sent mud and debris onto the roadway. In that storm, Angelus Oaks was hit with just over an inch of rain, weather officials said, which was enough to send mud pouring from the 2020 scorch scar left by the 2020 fire. Eldorado.

Los Angeles Times

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