Once again, Laguna Beach has been in the eye of a storm of nature. This time it was a massive, seven-day rainstorm that culminated with a huge downpour early Wednesday morning that sent waters flooding through Laguna Creek and tested the mettle of residents and swift-water rescue teams trying to help them to safety.
The good news is that, despite some scary moments, no one was killed or badly injured, with the exception of three small animals — a rabbit and two chickens — stuck in the city animal shelter during the deluge.
The damage to the downtown area looked bad, and some merchants lost their wares, but again, there was no loss of life. (A woman was killed in a crosswalk around this time, but authorities do not believe the incident was storm-related.) Two days after water and mud cascaded through downtown, most merchants had cleaned up, thrown their doors open for last-minute Christmas business and Laguna Beach was once again a popular spot for shopping and visiting.