LAKE FOREST Thirteen cars crashed, three trees fell and one street sign dangled precariously over a city intersection during Monday’s downpour, which dropped 2.7 inches of rain in the city, officials said this morning.
Now Orange County Sheriff deputies are readying themselves for next deluge of rain. Deputies will monitor the hillsides in Foothill Ranch and Portola Hills for possible mudslides, and volunteers will be used to keep an eye on other critical areas in the city.
The car crashes on Monday began at 9:35 a.m. when two cars collided at Lake Center Drive and Lake Forest Drive. The next collision was at 9:57 a.m. at Muirlands Boulevard and Aspan Street.
After noon two more cars crashed at Rockfield Boulevard and Mercury Road. At 2:02 p.m three cars collided at El Toro Road and Aliso Park Drive. In that one, one driver had facial and shoulder injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
At 5:04 p.m. there was another crash at Portola Parkway and El Toro Road. The final crash of the day was at 8:12 p.m. at El Toro Road and Northcrest Drive.
A tree came down at Bake Parkway and Jeronimo Road at 9:45 a.m. and was cleared by deputies. Another tree came down at 3:18 p.m. at Jeronimo Road and Ridge Route and again was cleared by deputies.
A final tree came down at Spectrum Pointe and Pointe Drive and blocked traffic at 7:01 p.m. Crews from the city’s storm center cut the tree in pieces and removed it.
A street sign at Aspan Street and Lake Forest dangled from the light at the intersection and had to be fixed at 2:59 p.m.
Police services also received multiple calls for alarms that were set off by the high winds.
Sgt. Roger Dawes said drivers need to slow down and drive carefully. “There is reduced visibility, reduced brake efficiency due to wet brakes and increased stopping distance.”
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