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Storm drenches Southern California, shuts Interstate 5


Civilians saved from flooding

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — Drenching rains are falling across a swath of Southern California and snow has brought traffic to a halt on a major highway as the last in a series of December storms moves through.

The California Highway Patrol says the Grapevine section of Interstate 5 high in the mountains north of Los Angeles was shut down before dawn Thursday and only reopened in the afternoon.

The city of Malibu says firefighters and lifeguards brought 22 people to safety from a flooded campground near Leo Carrillo State Beach.

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday declared a state of emergency for 20 counties because of the current and earlier storms.

The Associated Press

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