L.A. County remains dry, most of Southern California avoids Northern California storm system that has dropped up to 10 inches of rain in some parts of the state, officials said Wednesday.
The National Weather Service issued this update after heavy rain fell on the mountains west of Los Angeles. The rain in the mountains would be followed by flooding in the Southern California valleys.
Forecasters said that as of 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, Los Angeles County remained in a moderate drought, with dry conditions measured at less than three percent of the average daily rainfall in the area.
And while the Los Angeles City Fire Department said an additional 9,000 residents were under voluntary evacuation orders due to the risk of flooding, the L.A. County Fire Department said all evacuation orders have been lifted.
A number of Southern California schools will also remain closed this week, including L.A. public schools, Pasadena Unified, Huntington Park and Santa Monica high schools, plus one middle school.
L.A. County schools have been closed since Monday while the area has received about 7 inches of rain. The Los Angeles Unified, East Los Angeles Community College District, and Los Angeles College District will also remain closed this week.
Some of the area’s major highways are also closed, including the 101 and 10 freeways from the San Fernando Valley to San Diego, and the 405, 5, 10, and 101 freeways from the San Gabriel Valley to Orange County. Officials said that the area has received up to 11.8 inches of rain between June 2 and June 9 so far.
Water main break
Authorities reported a water main break in the area around Griffith Park. The break knocked out water to the north of Griffith Park, and officials say that was the cause of the water meter that was shut off at La Brea Avenue.
The spillway has since been raised and the area has received almost three inches of rain in the past two days.
At the South Bay airport, some passengers who were