LA Mayor Bass declares state of emergency as SoCal braces for extra rain

As another round of storms make its way toward Southern California, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass declared a state of emergency as the city recovers from recent wind and rain damage.

The storm is expected to move in late Friday night and continue through Monday. A stronger front is expected to arrive Saturday, with the brunt of the system likely reaching Los Angeles County by late afternoon or evening.

Additional rain is bad news for crews that are still working to clean up after this week’s storms. A number of highway closures were still in place Friday due to mudslides or other damage, and a sinkhole that developed on a Chatsworth roadway and swallowed two vehicles continued growing in size. That sinkhole on Iverson Road was estimated to have grown to about 45 feet deep while spanning the entire roadway. The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday approved $500,000 in emergency funding to expedite repairs of the sinkhole.

Another $450,000 was approved for storm repairs to Mulholland Drive between Summit Circle and Bowmont Drive.

Preparations are underway in Ventura County to ensure areas prone to flooding and mudflows are ready to handle the rain.

Much of the mud and debris that covered patches of State Highway 33 and adjacent neighborhoods has been cleared, but there’s still a lot of work left to do.

Caltrans shared aerial footage of what the Ventura River did last time around – a large section of Highway 33 near Ojai was washed out. It’s now closed indefinitely.

Residents have re-enforced sandbagging to keep water and mud out of their homes near the Ventura River and creeks that feed into it. Ventura County Fire and Pubic works have been working together to shore up those areas that could flood again.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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