Winter storm slams Inland Empire, triggering flooding, other hazards

Motorists drive on a wet Interstate 15 freeway while rain soaks the region for several consecutive days. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - The first winter storm of the season spawned heavy downpours and strong winds that left roads a mess in some parts of Riverside County, as well as causing other hazards. The fast-moving trough of low pressure began its race across the region early Tuesday morning, ushering in light rainfall that soon developed into powerful rain bursts, backed by stiff winds. The Riverside County Transportation Department reported two storm- related road closures in unincorporated areas, both in Cherry Valley -- Avenida Miravilla, between Orchard Street and Vineland Avenue, and Brookside Avenue, between Bellflower Avenue and Cherry Avenue. There were no hard freeway closures as a result of the harsh weather, though lanes on all the major arteries -- the Riverside (91) Fre
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