A woman is missing after torrential rains hit several San Bernardino County communities earlier this week, prompting evacuation orders and causing extensive damage to homes and infrastructure near recently burned areas.
The woman’s last known location was at a building in the Forest Falls area that was directly affected by the mudslide, said San Bernardino County Fire Department Battalion Chief Mike McClintock. Specialized urban search and rescue teams worked in the area to locate the missing woman, McClintock said.
Throughout the flooding incident, first responders received multiple missing person reports, and all but the missing woman were found, McClintock said. No injuries or deaths have been reported so far.
More than 120 firefighters from the San Bernardino County Fire Department are assisting with search and rescue efforts. Oak Glen and Forest Falls were buried in mudslides 10 to 12 feet thick in some areas, pushing dead boulders, boulders and trees down and down into communities and onto roadways, McClintock said. There is significant damage to some homes and infrastructure, McClintock said. Roads, electricity and water were also heavily affected by the storm.
In Oak Glen, evacuation orders were lifted at 6 p.m. Tuesday for Oak Glen Road and Wildwood Canyon to Upper Potato Canyon Road, and for Oak Glen Road and Casa Blanca Avenue to Chagall Road, the sheriff’s department of San Bernardino County. said on Twitter. The area was only open to residents, and Potato Canyon Road remained closed.
A shelter-in-place order for the nearby community of Forest Falls also expired at 6 p.m. Tuesday, deputies said. The area was only open to residents, and an evacuation order from Canyon Drive south to Prospect Drive, south of Valley of the Falls Drive, remained in place.
Heavy rains hit parts of San Bernardino County on Monday. Some areas near the Apple burn scar area and El Dorado received over 2 inches of rain per hour. “It was pretty remarkable,” Elizabeth said.
Schenk, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in San Diego. Strawberry Creek, which is in the burn scar area, received the most precipitation, with 2.88 inches of rain on Monday. Several other places recorded more than an inch of rain.
In a live broadcast on Twitter of the National Weather Service in San Diego, warning coordination meteorologist Alex Tardy walked along Oak Glen Road near Potato Canyon and showed roads swamped with mud, debris, large boulders and logs, and downed power lines. The area has been hit four times in the past year and a half, Tardy said, estimating the pullback could take days.
Cleanup efforts continued on Wednesday.
Los Angeles Times