Flash flood warning issued in county
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SAN DIEGO - A thunderstorm produced rain over the Chariot Fire burn area north of Mount Laguna Wednesday, and forecasters warned of possible flash flooding and debris flows.
The National Weather Service estimated that more than a half-inch of rain fell in about 30 minutes this afternoon and issued a flash flood warning for east-central portion of the county through 4:15 p.m.
Watersheds in the more than 7,000 acres burned by the Chariot Fire last month were particularly susceptible to flash flooding and debris flows from rainstorms, and forecasters said roads, trails and campgrounds along drainages in or below the burned basins could be affected.
Areas included in the warning were east of the burn perimeter and west of county Highway S-2 and the Butterfield Ranch trailer park.
Residents and motorists in the burn area and down-slope from it should watch out for mud and debris flows that could block roads and culverts, the NWS warned.
Potentially dangerous flooding and property damage could occur in areas where the runoff is restricted or blocked. An urban and small stream flood advisory was also in effect for burn areas and below them in east-central San Diego because of heavy rain along desert slopes and in adjacent desert areas, according to the NWS.
Normally dry washes may be filled by runoff, as could small creeks and streams, forecasters said. Water could also pool on desert roads. A lower level flood advisory is set to expire at 5:30 p.m.
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