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Another round of heavy rain expected Wednesday

Brunt of the weather system skirts the areas most heavily burned.

March 21, 2011|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com
  • A stone pine tree, on Bethany Road in Burbank, on Monday, March 21, 2011, fell sometime on Sunday crushing a parked pickup truck, and hitting an apartment building. The enormous tree, on a street that is lined with them, may have been planted in 1926, and Burbank city crews have been working on it since yesterday to remove it. Due to the tree's size, damage to the apartment building that it hit could not be seen as the tree covered up most of the building. (Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
A stone pine tree, on Bethany Road in Burbank, on Monday,…

Another round of heavy rain is expected to hit the region on Wednesday just days after a powerful storm on Sunday soaked hillsides, toppled trees and flooded roadways.

The foothill region saw a fallen palm tree and a small rock slide on Ocean View and Foothill boulevards, sheriff’s officials said.

Burbank logged about 12 major incidents involving uprooted and fallen trees, said Jan Bartolo, deputy director of Park, Recreation and Community Services. One large tree collapsed onto an apartment building and damaged three vehicles, officials said. No injuries were reported.

“We’re out in full mode as far as clean-up goes because there’s a lot of debris to clean up,” she said, adding that crews were working quickly ahead of the next storm.

Another massive city tree toppled onto the 2000 block of West Mountain Street in Glendale, with its limbs coming to rest on a home’s roof, officials said.

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The most vulnerable areas within the scarred footprint of the Station fire remained intact, and foothill debris basins — at 5% capacity — easily handled the rain runoff, officials said.

“We escaped a little bit, said Los Angeles County Public Works spokesman Bob Spencer, adding that the weather skirted to the west and east of the burn areas. “There was very little material that came out of debris areas….We didn’t get the brunt of that storm.”

The storm dumped 4.06 inches of rain in Glendale, making it the wettest March in the past five years, said Bob Gregg, an observer for the Los Angeles County Flood Control District.

Along with heavy rains, the storm brought strong winds, which he said topped out at 34 mph.

Rain totals in Burbank reached 4.07 during the storm, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain showers on Monday also caused flooding on some roadways, including the Ventura (134) Freeway to the north Interstate 5 connector.

The storm on Wednesday is expected to be weaker, but could still

bring up to 1 1/2 inch of rain, Gregg said.

Heavy rains on Sunday prompted the Los Angeles County Public Works Department close access to forest roads, including Angeles Forest Highway to Aliso Canyon Road to Angeles Crest Highway, Big Tujunga Road and Upper Tujunga Canyon Road

They remained closed on Monday.

—Gretchen Meier and Joe Piasecki contributed to this report.
 
 

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