(Adds with death confirmation, further detail)
Aug 4 One person died and thousands of people
were stranded after thunderstorms raged through Southern
California mountain communities on Sunday, unleashing mudslides
and floods, officials said.
San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Kyle
Hauducoeur said it would take up to three days for workers using
bulldozers and other heavy equipment to clear roads around
Forest Falls enough for residents and traffic to move freely.
Hauducoeur said one person was discovered dead inside a
vehicle that had been washed off a Mount Baldy road during the
heavy rains roughly 50 miles (80 km) northeast of Los Angeles.
Thousands of others were stranded by the quick-moving waters
in the towns of Oak Glen and Forest Falls, though no further
injuries were reported as of Monday morning.
Amongst those stranded were some 500 children and chaperones
who had arrived at a Forest Falls campground earlier on Sunday
but could not leave after roads were covered with mud, rocks,
trees and other debris.
"Our priority is using heavy equipment ... to open access to
that camp," Hauducoeur said.
Roads across the area were completely washed out, according
to pictures posted online by the San Bernardino County Fire
County emergency responders rescued one woman before a
mudslide destroyed her Mount Baldy home and damaged four other
nearby buildings, Hauducoeur said.
The National Weather Service said flash flood warnings were
in effect through the earlier hours of Monday morning in parts
of San Bernardino County.
(Reporting by Curtis Skinner in New York; Editing by Catherine