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Rain is done — how much did we get?

By in Press Enterprise on January 10, 2018

By City News Service

RIVERSIDE — A powerful Pacific storm brought record-breaking rain, wind and snow to Riverside County — conditions that left neighborhoods and roadways inundated with rain and debris — before petering out this morning.

Final rainfall totals were not reported early this morning, but just after midnight, 3.71 inches of rain had been recorded in Beaumont over the previous 48 hours, the most in the county outside of the mountains. Other totals included 3.23 inches in Temecula, 2.71 inches in Murrieta, 2.75 inches in Cabazon, 2.05 inches in Hemet, 1.73 inches in Perris, 1.58 inches in Norco and 1.53 inches in Riverside, according to the National Weather Service.

In the Coachella Valley, 3.03 inches of rain fell at the Whitewater Trout Farm. Other totals included 1.73 inches in Desert Hot Springs, 1.45 inches at the Palm Springs airport and .9 inches in Cathedral City. Though rain was lighter in the desert compared to western Riverside County, Tuesday’s rains shattered a Jan. 9 Palm Springs record of 1.13 inches set in 1980, according to the NWS.

Rain was heaviest in the mountains, where several locations recorded more than 4 inches of rain in the past 48 hours.

The rain flooded roadways with water and debris and led authorities to issue a voluntary evacuation order Monday evening due to the potential for flooding in a Corona residential neighborhood near the Riverside-Orange County border, where brush fires — Canyon Fires 1 and 2 — scorched thousands of acres last fall.

The evacuation order was upgraded to a mandatory order on Tuesday due to heavy downpours that caused flooding and debris flows along the burned slopes.

Mudslides affected homes along San Ramon Drive, San Almada Road and Elderberry Circle, according to the city.

An evacuation center was established Tuesday at Corona High School, 1150 W. 10th St. Temporary boarding for pets was […]    

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