Rain Pummels SCV Roads, Mobile Homes
As rain and winds pelted the Santa Clarita Valley on Monday, the Polynesian Mobile Home Park’s sole entrance flooded yet again. “We’ve been waiting for this bridge,” said park resident Mario Gaitan. “The first rains come and the bridge fails. It makes no sense. We don’t want to be evacuated, that’s expensive.” The mobile home park’s one entrance has been the source of problems for residents for more than a year. “They haven’t been doing anything,” park resident Rebecca Bretches said of the owners. The owner of the mobile home park is Polynesian Mobile Home Park LLC, which oversees 150 units at the junction of San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway in Newhall. The park’s owner is in the process of making repairs to the tiny bridge at San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway. The mobile home park was hit hard by rain in January and February, forcing evacuations. “This is not the first time” for flooding since February, said park resident Richard Hernandez. “(The owners) don’t really tell us (anything). And it’s getting worse. We should have an emergency exit. I don’t see what’s the hold up.” Los Angeles County Fire officials responded to the flooding of the entrance Monday afternoon and bulldozed the mud across the entrance to keep the water down. “We’re going to try and maintain the access points to get people in and out,” said fire Chief Gary Burden. Ed Ostroski, a street supervisor with the city of Santa Clarita, said, “There’s an issue with the levee erosion occurring from the work we did last year.” Meanwhile, the rain wreaked havoc on valley streets and highways, including a fatal collision on state Highway 126. Heavy rains also caused mudslides on Interstate 5, which resulted in the overnight closure of the freeway northbound at Highway 138 and southbound at Grapevine Road. The rain gauge in Newhall located at Fire Station No. 73 on San Fernando Road measured 1.69 inches of rain on Monday. The National Weather Service has forecast cloudy skies today, with isolated thunderstorms and the threat of more rain. Wednesday is expected to be partly cloudy with temperatures in the mid-70s. A flash flood watch has been issued for Ventura and Los Angeles counties through today. A flood advisory means that flooding is occurring or is in the forecast, but it is not immediately life-threatening, the weather service said. It is generally in the form of street flooding or in low lying areas such as fields or underpasses. The weather service recommends residents use good judgment and avoid flooded areas.