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Mudslides trap 500 campers in Southern California


Mudslides trap 500 campers in Southern California

By Phyllis Stark. CREATED Aug 4, 2014

Mudslides in Southern California caused by heavy rain have stranded thousands of people and trapped 500 children and adults at a church camp, CNN reports. The mudflows have made many roads impassable, and one local fire station had to be evacuated.

At the camp, Forest Home in the town of Forest Falls, authorities have made contact with those trapped and report everyone is safe. Crews are using bulldozers and other heavy equipment to try to get to the campers, San Bernardino Fire Capt. Kyle Hauducoeur tells CNN. "There is no other way out of there. It's basically like a dead-end slot canyon," he said.
“Elsewhere in San Bernardino County, one person was found dead inside a vehicle that was swept off the road and into a creek by floodwater,” CNN reports. “And 1,500 people in the nearby community of Glen Oak were stranded due to flash flooding.”
Hauducoeur told CNN some roads in the county are covered with six to eight feet of rock, as well as mud.
Officials are asking area residents to stay inside their homes, and to call 911 if they need to be rescued.