Santa Cruz Mountain residents concerned over mudslides during storm

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Residents living in the Santa Cruz Mountains were under a flash flood warning Sunday after heavy rain poured in the area, which was scorched by the Loma Fire.

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The National Weather Service warned residents in the area to be on alert until 6 p.m. on Sunday.

The Loma Fire burned nearly 4,000 acres just weeks ago, which is increasing the risk of mudslides. "The side of Loma Prieta where the fire was, there's nothing to hold the soil and if the rain continues like this, mudslides are going to be over there," Los Gatos resident Dan Millar said.

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Rain rates of up to half an inch per hour, combined with debris flows in the areas of the burn scars, could pose a risk for flash flooding in Santa Clara and Monterey counties.

Rain will primarily be heavy in the Santa Cruz Mountains and the northern Santa Lucia Mountains on Sunday, NWS officials said. Lingering showers may persist Sunday night and possibly into Monday.

Sunday rain predictions include 1.49 inches of rain in Santa Cruz County, 0.84 inches in Sonoma County and 0.69 inches in San Mateo County.

Sunday's storm was rated a 1 on the ABC7 Storm Impact Scale.

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