San Bernardino Mountains hit by flash floods, torrential rains continue

Heavy rain continues to wreak havoc in Southern California’s mountains and deserts, including flash floods, forcing a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s search and rescue team to help seven hikers stranded near Forest Falls on Saturday.

The weekend deluge came after more than a week Historic rain and flood havoc Death Valley National Park, the second major deluge of that week in what is generally one of the hottest places on Earth, trapped hundreds of visitors and staff members at the park as a road closure. Monsoon rains and mud flows in the beginning of this month Highway 38. deleted a part of Next to Big Bear more than 200 people trapped On the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

This rough weather is expected to continue throughout the week.

“It’s pretty much the same pattern where you have this moisture east of LA County that is capable of producing slow-moving thunderstorms every day in the mountains and deserts,” said Eric Bold, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. ” “They’re certainly capable of heavy rain and flash floods, so that’s pretty much something we have to keep an eye on every day.”

Neighboring Arizona is also being hit hard by a strong monsoon, and flood warnings have been issued across the state over the weekend. Flood watches were in effect for parts of southeast California, northwest Arizona and Nevada on Sunday.

Along with the threat of torrential rains, the Southern California heat wave is expected to continue throughout the week, and extreme heat warnings have been issued in the Sacramento Valley and northern San Joaquin Valley. Where the temperature can reach more than 109 degrees.

“It’s already hot, I know, but it’s about to get worse,” Bold said.

An emergency worker helps a youth cross flood waters by holding on to two rope lines.

Four children and three adults were rescued after a floodplain trapped on the other side of the floodwaters. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s search and rescue team responded to the scene and used a rope system to guide victims trapped in floodwaters. One person at a time passed through running water with guidance from SAR members for safety.


On Saturday, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s officers rescued a group of seven pedestrians, including four children, trapped after heavy rain, according to KTLA-TV. rescue video Hikers provided to the station are shown crossing a rushing stream using a rope system installed by the sheriff’s search and rescue team. No one was reported to be injured.

Vince Lupien, 23, of Angelus Oaks, said mountain communities from Highway 38 to Big Bear have been hit by severe rains for weeks.

The highway north of the Oaks restaurant, where Lupian works as a server, has been closed since the beginning of the month as heavy rain sent mud and debris down the road. In that storm, Angelus Oaks was hit with just over an inch of rain, weather officials said, which was enough to send the soil overflowing through 2020. Burn marks left by the El Dorado fire.

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