Flash flood warnings in place across Southern California as New Year’s Eve storm approaches

A series of winter storms have prompted flash flood and evacuation warnings across Southern California that could dampen New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Voluntary evacuation warnings were issued for homes located within Silverado and Williams canyons Saturday, Dec. 31, by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department due to potential flooding and debris flows.

The National Weather Service warns that significant rainfall is expected in Orange County from 6 p.m. to midnight. Heavy rain, subsequent flooding and debris flows are possible, according to the weather service.

Evacuation routes can quickly become impassable due to mud, debris or flooding. Residents with large animals should follow their personal plans to move their animals before the rainfall arrives, the Orange County sheriff said.

Heavy rain and possible debris flows also are possible in inland Orange County and along parts of the coast.

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In Los Angeles County, the city of Duarte announced it had moved approximately 25 homes in the Fish Fire burn area into a “yellow alert” level beginning at noon Saturday, continuing until 10 a.m. Sunday.

The heaviest rain in LA County is expected between 8 p.m. and midnight, which may lead to flash flooding and debris flows, according to the NWS.

Residents in or below the recently burned areas are urged to take the steps necessary to protect their property. Individuals should remain alert and follow directions of emergency preparedness officials.

Rain and southwest winds of up to 50 miles per hour are expected in some areas of LA County on Saturday.

The trough of low pressure will move quickly through, largely leaving the inland region by midday Sunday. That will bring in a short dry spell followed by more rain next week, according to the NWS.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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