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Rains hit Newport-Mesa

Weather experts say up to 8 inches of rain will hit the area. Monday saw stranded cars and lost manhole covers.

January 18, 2010|By Tom Ragan

A truck overturned at the 405 Freeway and Harbor Boulevard, and the driver was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana. No details of the accident or the severity of the injury were available. Also, a eucalyptus tree went down on the southbound lane of Irvine Avenue, hitting a pickup and a car, and a person inside the car was injured and had to be taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, said Jennifer Schulz, spokeswoman for the Newport Beach Fire Department. In the 200 block of Heliotrope Street in Corona del Mar, a pine tree fell on a house, but nobody inside the house was injured, Schulz said.

Lt. Mark Manley, a watch commander with the Costa Mesa Police Department, said the south end of Costa Mesa suffered the heaviest flooding, particularly in the vicinity of 17th Street and Pomona Avenue and Newport and Harbor boulevards.

“There were a few manhole covers that floated away, and we had to go get them and put them back,” he said. “We’re just trying to keep a cork in it.”

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