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January 10, 1993 | H.G. REZA and JESSE KATZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Given a respite Saturday to sift through the ooze and debris left by subsiding floodwaters, Southern California and Baja California braced for the next punch from a powerful storm system expected to move in by today and soak the region's saturated terrain. From Tijuana's battered barrios to Riverside County's soggy farmlands, work crews scrambled Saturday to tally the devastation, shovel away mud and place sandbags before the next downpour.
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February 24, 2005 | David Reyes, Times Staff Writer
In an industrial complex between Angel Stadium and the Arrowhead Pond, Orange County's storm emergency-response center sprang into action with the recent torrential rains. The public works crews it sends into the field were put to the test, as at least 12 homes were threatened by landslides or left uninhabitable and a 16-year-old Silverado Canyon girl was killed by a falling boulder.
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April 26, 1995 | TOM RAGAN
Orange County residents whose property was damaged during March's rainstorms have until May 11 to apply for assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Pasadena. Victims of the January and March storms in Orange County already have received $3.2 million from the federal government, with more than 1,600 households qualifying for disaster housing assistance, said Mary Donev, a public information officer for the federal agency.
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February 26, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rain pounded the Southland on Sunday, closing streets, snarling freeway traffic and forcing crews to work on roads throughout Orange County. The National Weather Service predicted the rain will continue until Wednesday. Today there will be sporadic rain in the morning and heavy showers in the afternoon. The lingering rain stems from a stalled Pacific storm that is also bringing snow to the mountains. Numerous accidents occurred on area freeways, said California Highway Patrol Officer J. Rodgers.
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March 17, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA
A 300-foot section of Alicia Parkway that collapsed during recent rainstorms will be closed indefinitely, city officials said. As the City Council tonight looks at spending $133,000 for measures to keep the slope from slipping further, Public Works Director Ken Montgomery said the eastbound lane could be closed for years. The damaged road is near the bottom of a hill near where Alicia Parkway dead-ends into Crown Valley Parkway.
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March 1, 1991 | DAVID WILLMAN and DANNY SULLIVAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Ask your neighbor. Or your oldest aunt. They'll tell you: If you want to see a tornado, go to Kansas. Or maybe Ohio. Certainly, not Orange County. But as the more cynical will warn, the only thing that's predictable about weather is that it's unpredictable. Ask any of the dozens of Irvine residents who left their otherwise serene Orange Tree neighborhood Thursday morning. They returned to find a landscape reshaped by what must have seemed like a meteorological Rototiller. At 12:45 p.m.
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March 1, 1991 | BOB SCHWARTZ and JAMES M. GOMEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A fierce tornado dipped into a neighborhood of townhouses and damaged about 50 homes Thursday, tearing shingles off roofs, smashing windows and garage doors, uprooting trees and knocking out power to thousands. No one was injured in the tornado, which touched the ground just east of Irvine Valley College at 12:45 p.m., officials said. But the freak twister caused damage to 45 to 50 townhouses as well as several mobile homes at a nearby trailer park, Irvine Police Lt. Vic Thies said.
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January 18, 1993 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Despite a two-week onslaught of severe storms, Orange County's massive network of flood-control channels has held up to the pounding with only a few trouble spots, county authorities said Sunday. Of dozens of crisscrossing creeks and channels, only one piece of the county's network has failed to hold back storm water: A channel in San Clemente was ripped apart Saturday afternoon by a sudden deluge. That led to the destruction of a motel and a restaurant downstream.
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February 24, 1998 | FRANK MESSINA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They've been through this drill before. With raging creek waters washing out their only exit road and the threat of more rain to come, seven adults, one child and four dogs were airlifted Monday from their remote homes in Holy Jim Canyon. Between sips of coffee at a Rancho Santa Margarita fire station where he and other evacuees were taken, Steve Hansel rattled off the first names of another half-dozen fellow canyon dwellers who refused to leave, including a woman in failing health.
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February 15, 1998 | SCOTT MARTELLE and ROBERT OURLIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
It was too wet even for the whales. The latest in a series of El Nino-strengthened storms doused Orange County with rain Saturday, causing scores of crashes, forcing police to close some flooded roadways and leading organizers of Dana Point's 27th annual Festival of Whales to cancel the opening day parade. And it made life miserable for last-minute shoppers hustling to buy Valentine's Day gifts. Rainfall ranged from 1.3 inches in Brea to 2.
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February 19, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA and KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Cool temperatures and scattered rain put a chill on the long Presidents Day weekend, and the dour weather will probably continue through the week, weather officials said Sunday. More showers were expected today, but nothing like the storms that hit Southern California last week, said Bennett Ozminkowski, a meteorologist for Weather Central, which provides weather information to The Times. "I don't see anything too significant or heavy," Ozminkowski said.
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February 14, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC and ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A powerful Alaskan storm pummeled Southern California with destructive winds, hail, drenching rain and snow up to 6 feet deep Tuesday, downing trees and power lines, flooding low-lying areas and bringing traffic to a standstill. Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach was blocked by flooding, and runoff from as much as 7 inches of rain in the foothills flooded dozens of intersections in the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys.
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February 12, 2001 | From Times Staff Writers
After a burst of sunny, warm weather last week, sections of Orange County had to bundle up and dig out their umbrellas Sunday as temperatures plummeted and showers dampened the area--and a dramatic waterspout appeared off the coast. The National Weather Service announced a special marine warning Sunday for waters off Orange County after spotting the dark gray waterspout off Newport Beach. The spout dissipated and there was no damage, said Sgt.
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January 27, 2001 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rain-weary Southern Californians may wake up to more wetness this morning, but take heart: The cold Pacific storm that arrived Friday and snarled traffic with rain and blanketed low-lying foothills with snow is the last one forecast for a while. The storm, the second to hit the area in three days, dumped more than half an inch of rain in much of Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. Isolated lightning and thunder were reported.
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January 12, 2001 | MATEA GOLD and MATTHEW EBNET, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A punishing winter storm drenched Southern California on Thursday, crippling traffic, downing power lines and uprooting trees, but failing to trigger serious floods or landslides. Day 2 of the biggest storm of the season brought cars to a crawl on the region's arteries, causing 149 traffic accidents and three fatalities, California Highway Patrol officials said. The rain was linked to 23 SigAlerts.
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January 10, 2001 | ALEX KATZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
High tides and pounding surf left parts of Surfside flooded Tuesday, but homeowners like Mike Donovan have seen enough big waves over the years to take it in stride. "This is only the beginning, dude, only the beginning," said Donovan, 53, a six-year resident of the upscale enclave near the mouth of Anaheim Bay. Continued high surf along with heavy rain is expected through the end of the week, though officials said they are taking steps to prevent a repeat of Tuesday's flooding.
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February 22, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One in a series of winter storms drenched Orange County on Monday, spawning strong winds that felled trees and damaged 25 homes and at least two vehicles in Anaheim Hills, officials and witnesses said. The wind, which some residents described as a tornado, blew over a pickup truck on the Riverside Freeway and a van parked on a nearby residential street. It also drove a large tree into the living room of a house on Manti Drive, said Bret Colson, Anaheim city spokesman.
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May 8, 1998 | DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
John Goscinski loved his Laguna Beach hillside home on Nye's Place. It had everything right: modern architecture, a canyon setting, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. But El Nino storms last fall left several feet of mud and water in the palatial, three-story house, transforming his dream home into a nightmare. He filed a claim against the city seeking $500,000 for an alleged faulty neighborhood storm drain system. The city rejected the claim, and Goscinski sued.
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January 9, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC and DENIENE HUSTED, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The first measurable rain since October brought needed moisture to Southern California's parched chaparral and forest lands Monday, and meteorologists said a bigger storm is expected later in the week. The forecasters said the approaching storm, due Wednesday night, is expected to last through Friday, bringing gale-force winds and heavy surf that could flood low-lying coastal areas, especially in Orange and San Diego counties.
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December 27, 2000 | CHRISTINE HANLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the heels of an inspection that found several possible permit violations, state water regulators are demanding that Caltrans explain why storm drains along the San Joaquin Hills toll road are clogged with sand and prove that untreated runoff is not reaching Laguna Beach's shoreline.
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