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Landslide Wipes Out Ventura Apartments

Weather: Residents are evacuated before hill gives way. Mud and flooding also shut highways and knock out power.

February 24, 1998|STEVE CHAWKINS | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Rainfall Rainfall Rainfall last 24 since since Normal rainfall Location hours Saturday Oct. 1 to date Camarillo 2.01 3.19 27.75 9.16 Casitas Dam 4.21 6.89 44.78 16.26 Casitas Rec. Center 4.96 7.56 44.79 16.37 Fillmore 2.05 2.96 31.34 13.15 Matilija Dam 7.36 9.41 47.51 18.64 Moorpark 2.29 3.98 28.27 9.99 Ojai 2.29 4.25 33.31 14.68 Upper Ojai 7.32 9.21 41.82 15.92 Oxnard 2.32 3.30 30.03 10.02 Piru 0.39 3.34 25.75 11.72 Port Hueneme 1.61 2.32 27.97 9.83 Santa Paula 4.37 6.57 33.76 9.83 Simi Valley 2.20 3.5 27.99 12.31 Thousand Oaks 3.15 4.13 26.99 10.45 Ventura Govt. Center 2.52 3.66 35.09 11.08

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Ventura County Storm Damage

1. Nordhoff Ridge: Most rain falls, about 9 inches since storm began, funneling runoff into swollen Ojai Valley waterways.

2. East Ojai: Flooding along Thacher Creek tributary swamps several homes flooded two weeks ago.

3. Santa Ana Creek: Two employees of Taft Ranch rescued by helicopter after they are caught crossing the Santa Ana Creek.

4. Camp Comfort: 72 residents evacuated as San Antonio Creek fills.

5. Arnaz Grade: California 33 closed because of mudslides.

6. La Conchita: Street flooding and mudflows threaten homes.

7. Cedar Street: More people leave apartment complex threatened by mudslides.

8. Ventura Freeway: Shut down for hours because of Ventura River flooding; Pacific Coast Highway closed between Seacliff and Ventura Freeway.

9. Ventura River mouth: Supports under Union Pacific bridge over Ventura River undermined, closing bridge for weeks. Phone lines damaged.

10. De Anza Middle School: Eleven students unable to return to homes in Ojai Valley an La Conchita as of late afternoon.

11. Santa Paula: About 2,000 residents evacuated as Santa Paula Creek threatens to overflow levee in city's southeast.

12. Fillmore: Four homes evacuated. Schools close about 1 p.m., sending students home early as Sespe Creek swells.

13. Piru: Schools close early as Piru Creek fills.

14. Camarillo: Metrolink service halted after railroad track is undermined; commuters forced to take buses.

15. Oxnard: Badly damaged Channel Islands Harbor seawall suffers even more damage as storm drains erode channel bank.

16. Port Hueneme: Hueneme School District students told to stay home Tuesday as a precaution.

17. Conejo Grade: A big rig topples on the Ventura Freeway at the top of the Conejo Grade, one of several accidents in Thousand Oaks.

18. Newbury Park: Most intense rain of the day recorded --a rate of 3 1/2 inches per hour-- for a short time in midafternoon. Hillside behind condos off Lyn Road are threatened by slipping hillside.

19. Pacific Coast Highway: Closed between Las Posas Road and northern Los Angeles County because of flooding and mudslides.

FYI

The Hueneme School District is closed today. District officials said a number of employees live in Santa Barbara, Ojai and Fillmore, and might have a difficult time making it to work.

RAIN: Latest storm dumps 9 more inches in Ventura County. A1

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