Segments of roads and highways were shut down throughout Riverside County Thursday because of flooding, debris and mud flows triggered by the late winter storm that enveloped the region.
On Highway 74, county fire crews and California Highway Patrol officers closed a one-block section between Cornell and Dartmouth streets in East Hemet after the four-lane corridor was swamped in knee-high water.
Near San Jacinto, traffic lanes on state Route 79 were reportedly impacted by mud and debris near Gilman Springs Road, causing disruptions, though the highway remained open.
Flooding and debris also caused delays — but no closures — on the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway in the Badlands just east of Moreno Valley, according to the CHP.
In Mecca, heavy rain caused standing water at Box Canyon Road and 66th Avenue, preventing some motorists from passing through, according to reports from the scene.
Interstate 10 near the Cactus City rest stop just east of Coachella was also impacted by flooding, but the CHP did not shut down the freeway.
At Indian Truck Trail and Temescal Canyon Road south of Corona, a motorist became stranded by flood waters, but she was not injured and did not require swift-water rescue, according to the CHP.
Several lanes on the Pomona (60) Freeway near Valley Way in Jurupa Valley were briefly flooded, snarling westbound traffic on the freeway Thursday afternoon.
According to the county Department of Transportation, flooding caused multiple county road closures over a two-hour span.
In Cherry Valley, Brookside Avenue was closed between Bellflower and Cherry avenues.
In Thermal, 66th Avenue was closed between Jackson and Van Buren streets. Additionally, Jackson was closed from 62nd Avenue to 66th, officials said.
Nearby, Pierce Street was closed between 70th and 76th avenues, while just north of Indio, Dillon Road was closed in the area of Brack Road.
Northwest of San Jacinto, Bridge Street was closed from Fernandez Road to Gilman Springs Road.
Near Lake Elsinore, Red Gum Drive completely flooded and was shut down between Cambern Avenue and Don Juan Street, and south of Hemet, Soboba Road was closed from Acacia Avenue to Buenos Aires Drive.
Officials did not know when the road would reopen.
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