No major mudslides reported, more rain predicted for later today

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SUNDAY 3:30 P.M. UPDATE

Despite the strong rains this weekend in Malibu, there have been no reports of any major mudslides or damage in the area.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for most of Southern California, including Malibu, through early Monday morning.

The National Weather Service says there is an 80 percent chance of showers later this afternoon, with that prediction going up to 100 percent for tonight. There is also a possibility of a thunderstorm, which “could produce heavy rainfall,” according to the Weather Service.

Previously, no rain had been predicted for Monday. But the Weather Service is now saying there is a 30 percent chance of showers before 10 a.m. No rain is expected the rest of the day.

Rocks, mud and other debris have fallen on portions of Malibu Canyon Road and Pacific Coast Highway. Drivers should use extreme caution. A Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station official said there are no plans to close any roads.

The National Weather Service warns on its Web site, “Most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice; turn around, don’t drown.”

The best method for property protection is the placement of sandbags around the home. Those needing sandbags should contact the local fire stations:

Fire Station No. 70 – 3970 Carbon Canyon Road, 310.317.1802

Fire Station No. 71 – 28722 Pacific Coast Highway, 310.457.2578

Fire Station No. 88 – 23720 Malibu Road, 310.456.2812

Fire Station No. 99 – 32550 Pacific Coast Highway, 310.457.3706

A guide on how to properly place the sandbags and other information on property protection can be found on Los Angeles County’s Web site at http://dpw.lacounty.gov/wmd/HomeOwners/.

-Jonathan Friedman