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Evacuation order lifted for California mudslide area

Heavy weekend rains caused mudslides and damaged houses in La Canada Flintridge, California.
Heavy weekend rains caused mudslides and damaged houses in La Canada Flintridge, California.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: People in 500 homes in Los Angeles foothill areas can return
  • Mandatory evacuation issued as a precaution when heavy rains were predicted
  • Mudslides have damaged dozens of Southern California houses
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Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- An evacuation order was lifted Wednesday morning for more than 500 California homes on hillsides vulnerable to mudslides, authorities said.

With the sun shining over much of Los Angeles, officials told people who live in the foothill areas of La Crescenta, La Canada Flintridge and Acton that they could return to their homes at 8 a.m. PT (11 a.m. ET).

Officials ordered a mandatory evacuation for those residents Tuesday morning as a precaution when heavy rains were predicted.

The dangerous mudslides did not develop, but this area was especially hit hard after a downpour Saturday unleashed a river of mud that damaged dozens of homes.

Video: Heavy rains trigger mudslides

Several of the homes were declared uninhabitable.

A massive wildfire in the Angeles National Forest last summer burned hillsides where these homes are located.

 
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