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Lauren Coughlin, Editor
2:21 pm PST February 4, 2019

Three single-family homes on Ramirez Canyon Road sustained flooding damage brought on by the most recent round of storms, which began Thursday, Jan. 31.

Residents of the property that sustained the most damage were not home when the flooding occurred, according to Pono Barnes, a public information officer with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. 

As of press time, no injuries or deaths were reported for the storm incident, and no commercial properties were damaged, threatened or destroyed. 

Still, as of Monday, Feb. 4, Barnes urged motorists to avoid canyon roads if possible, as hillsides were saturated with rain, presenting the possibility for hazardous driving conditions.

As of noon Feb. 4, Pacific Coast Highway, from Broad Beach Road to Las Posas Road, was flooded and closed, according to Caltrans District 7.

A flash flood warning remained in effect for Malibu until 12:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, and the National Weather Service expected hourly rainfall rates of up to half an inch throughout Los Angeles County. Other areas expected to experience flooding included Agoura Hills, Santa Clarita, Van Nuys, West Covina, Torrance and Whittier.

A high surf advisory also remained in effect through the afternoon of Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the potential for elevated surf of 3-6 feet and an increased risk of ocean drowning.

Over the weekend, residents of the Paseo Canyon area of Malibu West were under mandatory evacuation orders for the better part of Saturday, Feb. 2, and residents of Seminole Springs Mobile Home Estates in Agoura Hills were ordered to evacuate their properties roughly a half hour before Malibu West. By 5 p.m. Saturday, both evacuation orders were lifted, but many roadways were flooded with debris, water and mud, causing intermittent closures.

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Malibu schools remained open throughout the duration of the storm.