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San Bernardino Mountains hit with flash floods as summer downpours continue

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Heavy rainfall continues to cause havoc in Southern California’s mountain and deserts, including flash flooding that forced a San Bernardino County sheriff’s search and rescue team to help seven hikers trapped near Forest Falls on Saturday.

The weekend deluge hit just over a week after historic rainfall and flooding swamped Death Valley National Park, trapping hundreds of visitors and staff members in the park due to road closures, the second major deluge that week to hit what is usually one of the hottest spots on Earth. Earlier this month, monsoonal rains and mud flows also wiped out a section of Highway 38 near Big Bear and stranded more than 200 people on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

That treacherous weather is expected to continue through the week.

“It’s pretty much the same pattern where you have this moisture just to the east of L.A. County that’s capable of generating slow-moving thunderstorms every day in the mountains and the desert,” said meteorologist Eric Boldt of the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “They are definitely capable of heavy rain and flash flooding, so that’s pretty much something that we have to keep an eye on every day.”

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