Mudslide Flows Down Hillside Above Homes in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon – NBC Los Angeles

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A stream of mud flowed down a hillside and surrounded cars and homes Wednesday after hours of rainfall overnight in Orange County’s Silverado Canyon area.

The slide was reported near Grundy and Anderson ways after steady rain in Southern California from a late-winter storm. More rain is possible through Thursday before conditions dry on Friday.

The mudslide appeared to have pushed several cars, including two Teslas and a Mercedes Benz AMG GT, and crossed Silverado Canyon Road.

Several homes are in the area at the base of a hillside in the canyon, where a wildfire stripped brush from hillsides in December. When fire burns vegetation from hillsides, it leaves behind a waxy seal that doesn’t allow water to penetrate the soil, raising the risk of slides and debris flows.

No injuries have been reported.

A mandatory evacuation order was issued for the area.

Voluntary evacuation orders were issued for Modjeska and Williams canyons due to anticipated additional rain and the fear of mudslides. Silverado Canyon remains closed due to mudslides between Olive Drive and Ladd Canyon.



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