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  • 4 August 2014, 15:58

California Thunderstorms: 500 Kids Stranded

Thunderstorms in California have killed one person and unleashed mudslides that stranded some 2,000 people, including 500 children at a campground.

Torrential rain hit an area roughly 50 miles (80.5km) northeast of Los Angeles.

Roads across the area were completely washed out with mud, rocks, trees and other debris, while flash floods meant several people had to be rescued.

Thousands were stranded by the quick-moving waters in the towns of Oak Glen and Forest Falls, in the southern part of the state.

Among them were some 500 children and chaperones who had arrived at a Forest Falls campground earlier on Sunday, but could not leave after roads were covered in debris.

San Bernardino County Fire Department Captain Kyle Hauducoeur said:"Our concern is that they're isolated at that campground and no longer have access out of the mountain."

In Mount Baldy, north of LA, a body was found in a car that was swept into a rain-swollen creekand overturned.

A woman in MountBaldy was rescued from her house before it was buried in mud. Four other homes in the Bear Creek area were damaged by the debris flow.

A US Forest Service spokesman told local station KNBC-TV that some campers had seconds to evacuate before a torrent of water washed their tents and belongings.

The National Weather Service said flash flood warnings were in effect through the earlier hours of Monday morning in parts of San Bernardino County.

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