Dozens were stranded and hundreds were left without power after a major storm hit communities in Lake Hughes on Thursday afternoon.
Heavy rains pounded the area causing major mudslides and flooding near hillsides that had been left sparse after the Powerhouse Fire in 2013.
“It was like a tornado, it with with such voracity,” said Jennifer, who lives on Munz Ranch Road in Lake Hughes.
San Francisquito Canyon Road
The storm produced quarter sized hail, lightning and 60 mph winds.
Roads remain closed in impacted areas including Munz Ranch Road, Lancaster Road, Johnson Road, Lake Hughes Road, Godde Hill Road, Bouquet Canyon Road, San Francisquito Canyon Road and Spunky Canyon, where residents remained in their cars for hours.
Steve Lopez walks through his home on Munz Ranch Road to see what damage has been done due to the flooding.
One man and his family said they had been in the car since 3:30 p.m. wondering what might have happened to their home.
Steve and Vicki Lopez, who also lives on Munz Ranch Road, were in a state of shock as they walked through their mud- and water-filled home.
Broken windows, ice from the hail and two-foot-high piles of mud stacked against their house isn’t the worst of the damage.
In addition to the damage to the home, a neighbor’s house was taken off of its foundation and moved a few hundred feet into the Lopez’ backyard.
Their three horses and dog are still missing and several structures on the property were also destroyed.
A mud-filled hallway in Steve and Vicki Lopez’s home on Munz Ranch Road.
This is the second flood the Lopezes have been through, they lived on Bouquet Canyon Road in Santa Clarita and suffered through the 2005 flooding.
Even though they are up to their knees in mud and worries, they continue to remain positive.
“It could have been worse,” Steve Lopez said.