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Rain in drought-stricken CA is creating new worries


Storms pounding the drought-stricken west coast could actually do more harm than good.

Michaela Pereira reports the heavy rain combined with extremely dry conditions are a recipe for flash floods and mudslides.

Officials and residents on high alert overnight as the latest Pacific storm system threatens to wreak havoc on the west coast.

Dumping up to six inches of rain onto dry, parched land in California, and as much as eight inches up in the mountains.

But, instead of drought relief, experts say the deluge may bring disastrous flash floods and mudslides.

"We're not going be dragging people out of their homes, but we strongly recommend they heed the warnings of the experts," Sgt. John Madaloni, Azusa Police said.

In Glendora, residents just below these hills were ordered to evacuate. The fires that burned out the trees left the land vulnerable.

Residents are hoping that their prep work -- sand bagging, and building barricades -- will pay off and protect their homes.

The driest parts of California will need over 15 inches of rain to bounce back from the devastating drought, but too much at once could be disastrous.

This semi lost control Thursday night on Interstate 210.

The rain already causing a nightmare on the roads.

Severe weather is also putting a damper on Oscar preparations, but storms are expected to move out in time for the stars to hit the red carpet Sunday night.

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