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Calif. Storm Causes Flash Flooding

August 30, 2000

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) _ Heavy rain caused flash flooding in desert areas of Southern California, as waves of water shoved vehicles off roads and poured mud into nearby homes.

Six people in the Yucca Valley area were rescued from vehicles mired in the flooding, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. No one was injured.

Several desert thoroughfares were blocked when 3-foot waves poured over shallow sections of the roads, and some cars were partially buried in mud.

Two teen-age girls returning home from the first day of school were rescued by fellow motorists when they were swept away trying to flee a car trapped in fast-moving floodwaters.

``I thought I could get through it, but we got stuck. I tried to put it in reverse, but we just went down that way,″ said driver Jamie Hall, gesturing to a stream of water still pouring across the road.

Heaps of mud and large rocks remained on the roads when the floods subsided late Tuesday.

Nine houses were flooded with mud and water when flooding poured through the hardpan desert.

The storms brought the first measurable rain to downtown Los Angeles since April 18.

A quarter-inch of rain fell in many areas of the San Fernando Valley, with heaviest concentrations reported in Van Nuys and Northridge, the National Weather Service said.

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