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PCH in S. Cal closed due to mudflows from burn scars

Posted at 1:04 PM, Feb 02, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Latest on California storms (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Mudflows from hillside burn scars in the Malibu area have closed Pacific Coast Highway, the latest major road to be shut during torrential downpours hitting Southern California.

Officials said Saturday that motorists should find alternate routes as crews try to clear PCH near the border of Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Many canyon roads are closed in Malibu, where wildfires scorched hillsides last year.

Ventura County Fire Department Captain Brian McGrath says trees and power lines are down across the region. He says rescue crews have plucked several motorists from cars caught in floodwaters.

Further north, U.S. 101 has been shut in burned areas of Santa Barbara County because of mud in lanes.

Flash flood warnings are in effect for much of Southern California into the afternoon.

The current storm is expected to be followed by several less powerful wet weather systems.

Photo from clean up of the last PCH slide on January 6, 2019

(Photo from cleanup of last slide on the PCH on January 6, 2019)