Ten inches of rain pounded Laguna Beach over the past week, sending floodwaters from an overflowed Laguna Creek crashing over streets and closing Laguna Canyon Road and parts of downtown Laguna Beach on Wednesday after the rainfall reached a peak.
Twenty-five people were rescued early Wednesday during the height of the storm. Swift-water rescue teams pulled people from vehicles or homes that were threatened by a raging Laguna Creek, according to Laguna Beach Police Lt. Jason Kravetz.
No one has been injured or killed as a result of the storm, he said.
Thirteen homes on Hidden Valley Canyon Road, off of Park Avenue, were ordered vacated Wednesday and the residents returned to their homes Thursday morning, according to a statement from City Manager John Pietig. No other evacuations are under way, but more than 20 homes have been reported damaged by the storm, he stated.
The American Red Cross has opened a storm shelter at Laguna Beach High School, 625 Park Ave., for displaced residents.