Sunday, February 3, 2019

Blustery winter storm causes few problems in La Mirada

Sunday, Feb. 3  10:06 a.m.

The westbound traffic lanes of Rosecrans Ave were closed
Saturday after winds took down a center median tree
in front of the La Mirada Theatre Centre (LM NewsBeat photo)

La Mirada-  Hours of strong rain and fierce gusty winds pounded La Mirada for a good part of the day on Saturday and has moved after causing only a few minor problems in the city.

The storm which dropped another 1.82 inches of rain locally began pounding the area around 10 a.m. with sustained 30 miles-an-hour winds, with gusts clocked at 35 mph creating one of the more blustery days in recent memory. The season total is now 10.69 inches.

Strong gusts uprooted this tree from the rain-saturated ground
in the 15300 block of Lofthill Dr (LM NewsBeat photo)
City crews were dispatched to several reports of trees toppled by the strong gusts including one that fell from the center median of Rosecrans Ave that resulted in the closure of the westbound traffic lanes between Jalon Rd. and La Mirada Blvd.

Elsewhere in the city, deputies checking several burglar activations at businesses discovered winds were responsible for the collapse of several metal roll-up doors causing the alarms to go off.

La Mirada Creek Park after a downpour on Sat. Feb 2 (LM NewsBeat Photo)
Late Saturday afternoon as the torrent of rain diminished into periodic showers sightseers could be seen at Creek Park as it performed its role as a flood control channel efficiently.
La Mirada Creek Park on Feb 2, 2019 (LM NewsBeat phot)

There were several minor accidents reported around the city including three between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. Two occurred near Valley View Av and Rosecrans Av as well as one at Imperial Hwy between Valley View Av and Meyer Rd.  

All of Saturday's traffic accidents involved parties with either minor injuries or property damage only.

Several minor electricity outages were reported during the day and had been repaired and power restored by late Saturday night. 

Two fire department units were sent to rescue residents stranded inside an elevator at The Palms senior apartments on La Mirada Blvd near Tacuba Dr. at 9:37 p.m.

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Oxnard warn the region will remain soggy as two more cold fronts are heading towards the Southland with the next arriving Monday, and the second system by Tuesday.

Moisture from Saturday's storm event remained in an unstable atmosphere Sunday morning with rain shower activity and cloudy to partly cloudy skies hanging on for the entire day.  There will be an 80% chance of showers through Sunday night.

The region will dry out beginning Wednesday with more rain possible by next weekend.

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