Many returning home after California, Arizona rainfall

SEAL BEACH, Calif. — Skies cleared Saturday after a week of punishing rain pelted Southern California and went on to rake Arizona and New Mexico.

Hundreds of people who fled wildfire-scarred communities in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills north of Los Angeles returned home Saturday to assess the damage and deal with mud and debris. No major damage was reported.

About half of the 500 residents of a small western Arizona farming community who were evacuated after floodwaters swept through the town Thursday, returned Saturday.

Also Saturday, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office announced that the body of 6-year-old Jacob Baudek, swept away by floodwaters in Arizona Thursday, was recovered.

Harsh winter weather also hit the Dakotas, where thousands of people were without power after ice toppled miles of power lines. Freezing rain and snow pushed through the region, with blizzardlike conditions expected to develop today and Monday.

Many returning home after California, Arizona rainfall 01/23/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 23, 2010 11:06pm]

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