Heavy sudden rain brings lightning-sparked fires, flooding, mudslides to East SCV – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

Heavy sudden rain brings lightning-sparked fires, flooding, mudslides to East SCV – Santa Clarita Valley Signal – California News

Hot “crazy” weather triggered multiple lightning strikes which sparked fires in the Angeles National Forest and thunderstorms which created flooding in Acton.

Heavy sudden rains amounting to 1.25 inches fell on the east side of SCV in 15 minutes and accounted for the bulk of the flooding, Steve Frasher, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works told The Signal.

“It was pretty crazy,” he said. “The bulk of the rain came down in 15 minutes at 4:30 p.m.”

Debris flows and flooding caused by a sudden 15-minute downpour in Acton Thursday. photo by Austin Dave, The Signal.

“We had an inch and a half of rain over the course of an hour so that shows you how it came down in those 15 minutes,” he said.

Hardest hit by the tumultuous weather was Acton where several roads quickly became flooded.

Flooding lifted Metrolink train tracks at Crown Valley Road in Acton shortly after 6:15 p.m. prompting the immediate evacuation of the “leaning” Metrolink train.

TRAIN RESCUE

“They are evacuating the train now,” The Signal’s Austin Dave said, witnessing the evacuation as sheriff’s deputies were seen entering the train.

One apparently frustrated train passenger broke the emergency window glass of one of the train’s windows, Dave said.

At 6:40 p.m., passengers were expected to begin disembarking the train as part of the evacuation.

Train officials, however, decided it was unsafe to have 200 passengers leave the train.

“Train crew is making sure it is safe to proceed with an evacuation of two or three passengers in need of medical attention who are indicating distress,” Metrolink spokesman Scott Johnson told The Signal at 7:25…

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