Feb 9, 2010 5:22 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Evacuations under way for LA-area foothills

Heavy rain has started to fall in the Los Angeles area. And sheriff's deputies say about 60 to 70 percent of the people living in some foothill towns north of the city are complying with an evacuation order.

The rain is prompting fears of a repeat of what happened Saturday -- when heavy rain caused mudslides and flooding. It also brought water and rocks roaring through the neighborhoods, smashing cars and concrete barriers together.

A flash food watch is in effect for neighborhoods under the steep slopes that were scorched by fires last summer.

But one woman who's refusing to leave says she's not afraid -- and that she doesn't "want to have to clean up everything."

Maureen Kindred says she and her son were able to fight the mud flow that poured down on houses in the area over the weekend, partly by digging canals, and she's planning to do the same this time.


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