UPDATE: Road closures and evacuations issued due to extreme weather

A tractor works to clear debris from the storm up in Iron Canyon on Feb. 19, 2017. (Courtesy: L.A. County Department of Public Works)
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UPDATE 12:35 p.m., Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Soft road closures are still in place at Sand Canyon and Lost Canyon, as well as at Placerita Canyon at Highway 14. Evacuation orders have been lifted as of 10 a.m. on Monday, but a flash flood watch remains in effect until 6 p.m.

Hard closures are still in effect at Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon at Bear Divide, and Little Tujunga Canyon Road remains inaccessible.

Click here for more information.

UPDATE 5:26 p.m.

In the last 24 hours, 2.87 inches of rain has been recorded in Newhall.

The Saugus weather station has recorded 1.44 inches of rain in the past 24 hours according to the National Weather Service website.

All roads that have been closed as of 2 p.m. still remain closed.

“Mud and water have basically prohibited vehicles from crossing the road,” said Kerjon Lee, a public affairs manager with L.A. County Department of Public Works.

For a list of closed roads, click here.

A flood advisory is in effect until 5:45 p.m.


UPDATE 3:16 p.m.

Approximately 1.65 inches of rain has been recorded at the Newhall weather station as of 2 p.m. and 0.9 inches has been recorded at the Saugus weather station.

The storm causes damages at Canyon Palms Mobile Home Park in Canyon Country on Sunday. Courtesy Photo

Weather officials expect a total of 2 to 4 inches of rain to fall in the storm.

A mandatory evacuation for 150 homes in the Sand Fire burn area is also in place as of 2 p.m.

An evacuation center is available at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita. The evacuation center has been open since last night although no one showed up as of 2:26 p.m. on Sunday according to American Red Cross officials

Castaic Animal Shelter is accepting small animals that need to be evacuated and Pierce College is accepting livestock.

Val Verde Road was washed out and residents are being advised to stay in place.

A vehicle clears mud off of Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday. Samie Gebers/The Signal

Weather officials say this might be the strongest storm to hit the Santa Clarita Valley since 2010.

As of 1:30 p.m. officials with L.A. County Department of Public Works said at-risk areas are holding up well despite the storm.

A flash flood watch has been in effect since Saturday night and will last until 6 a.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service’s website.

A wind advisory is also in effect until 6 a.m. on Monday.

Winds are up to 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts reaching up to about 45 miles per hour.

Several traffic collisions also occurred in SCV as the rain began to fall. At least seven traffic collisions have occurred in the last 12 hours as of 12 p.m.

Bridge to Home’s homeless shelter on Drayton Street in Santa Clarita will also be open 24 hours on Sunday and Monday according to DiNesha Jackson, the director of operations.

For information on road closures in SCV, click here.

Staff Writers Nikolas Samuels and Samie Gebers contributed to this story. 

Mud and branches are strewn over Placerita Canyon Road on Sunday due to the storm. Samie Gebers/The Signal

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