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About 40 people rescued from vehicles after flooding, mudslides

The tail end of a three-day storm is causing a lot of damage near San Jacinto. Overnight major flooding and mudslides were reported in the town of Gilman Hot Springs, just east of Highway 79.

News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 were at the scene as the town began to cleanup Thursday morning.

About 40 people were rescued from vehicles trapped by flash floods. Dozens of cars got stuck around 1 a.m. Thursday as several feet of mud and water covered the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Residents in the 20500 block of Gilman Springs Road were evacuated as a precaution, fortunately no injuries were reported, according to Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

The mudslide was one of several reported throughout Riverside County after heavy rainfall occurred early Thursday morning.

Other rain-related incidents reported by the fire department included:

The rescue of three people trapped in a flooded vehicle on Soboba Road near Lake Park Road in San Jacinto shortly after 3:30 a.m.
Flooding displaced two families from apartments in the 41900 block of Acacia Avenue in an unincorporated area of Hemet around 3 a.m.
Several roads were closed in Riverside County, including Gilman Springs and Soboba roads, eastbound Domenigoni Parkway at Warren Road, and Highway 74 from Dartmouth to Columbia streets.

Rain fell over the county from about 1 a.m. Thursday and began clearing out later in the morning.

KESQ News Team

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