Rain, rain — don’t go away!

Rain, rain — don’t go away!Pooling water on local roadways appears to be the only unwanted side effect of the downpour on Monday and Tuesday. Two days of abundant rain this week brought in .89 inches of precipitation — the normal allotment for a typical January. Tamera Walters from the China Lake Weather Office said that the valley could see even more around Jan. 20. While the storms raging over much of Southern California are a welcome sight for a state still recovering from drought, the results have not been positive for all communities. Santa Barbara County, still recovering from the historic Thomas Fire, is caught up in massive mudslides that have claimed the lives of at least 17 — with many more residents still missing. Authorities report that rescue efforts in those communities are going full bore now that the storm is over. Photo by Laura Austin

Story First Published: 2018-01-12