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Thousands Stranded, At Least 1 Killed By Mountain Mudslides

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Mount Baldy, California - Recovery crews are working to remove a body from a mud lodged car stuck in a river bed of off Bear Canyon Road in Mount Baldy after Flash Flooding Sunday afternoon.

San Bernardino County Fire Public Information Officer Chris Prater says an adult was found dead inside the car around 7:30 p.m. and at that at least five homes were damaged, one with major damages.

“Our biggest concern is life safety. We’re doing a grid search starting at the top of the hill and working our way down,” Prater said.

Paul Gondek owns the home near where the car was found. He says his nephew witnessed the crash.

“He saw a 12 foot wave, come down the canyon and take that car and flip it over, all he saw was brake lights,” Gondek said.

Gondek says he saw the body. “It’s not every day you see something like that, you have to feel sorry for someone who just came up here to go on a hike and this ends up happening to them,” Gondek said.

Right off Mount Baldy Road, Bear Road is closed off after mud and debris filled the street, a car jammed under the Bear Road overpass. Brian Daniel says he broke out the window to make sure no one was inside.

“It sounded like thunder when this hit because the stream carried it probably half a mile, so when that hit, it sounded like the biggest thunder you ever heard,” Daniel said.

He says his next task will be digging out his cars after what looked like a muddy wave came toward them.

“It looked like the 1960’s blob coming down the street here, it was just the biggest pile coming in one big ball, before you knew it you couldn't go nowhere,” Daniel said.

Displaced families gather with their pets at the village lodge as crews dig out the streets, a hot tub now lies in the middle of the road.

“Look at that huge mound of dirt. that doesn't belong there, that green propane tank doesn't belong here, it’s kind of a mess,” homeowner Gwen Rodman said.

“From my understanding, three homes have been pretty much filled with mud, it’s been a pretty devastating,” resident Renee Smith said.

Correna Smith says she rescued her neighbors dogs after capturing cell phone video of the storm.

“I smelled a strong smell of propane and I just saw water and rocks coming out from my neighbor across the street house,” Smith said. “Ii didn’t know what to do if i should stay in or go out or if it was just going to break through,” Smith said.

Authorities tell FOX 11 Los Angeles County Search and Rescue is working to rescue hikers from Devils Backbone Trail near Mount Baldy.

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