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CA sees flooding

Southern California saw flash floods and mudslides.

BY SUSAN KIM | SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. | February 23, 2004

Southern California particularly the valley areas of San Bernardino hit by last year's wildfires saw flash floods and mudslides Sunday evening, and the risk remained high the rest of the week as rains continued.

"We are going to have miserable weather the rest of the week," said Dick Eskes, a disaster response and recovery liaison with Church World Service.

Rocks descended into the foothill community of Lytle Creek, where there was also road flooding.

A high number of traffic accidents three of them fatal were also blamed on downpours that began Friday and didn't end until Sunday. Emergency crews were still clearing mud and rocks off roadways Monday.

Los Angeles received nearly 1.5 inches of rain in 24 hours, while San Diego tallied 1.14 inches in the same time period.

Monday saw a limited break in the weather before another storm system moved in Tuesday. Tuesday's downpours could be even worse, forecasters said.

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