Rain prompts closure of Sepulveda Basin, partial shut down of 101 Fwy near Ventura

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The Sepulveda Basin was closed, while a stretch of the 101 Freeway near Ventura was partially shut down, amid flooding caused by a storm that left Southern California drenched on Tuesday.

In the San Fernando Valley, the Sepulveda Basin was closed around 10:10 a.m. as intense rain fell swiftly in the area, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The closure encompassed three points: Burbank Boulevard and the 405 Freeway; Burbank Boulevard and Hayvenhurst Avenue; and Woodley Avenue and Victory Boulevard.

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Rain prompts closure of Sepulveda Basin, partial shut down of 101 Fwy near Ventura

In a photo provided by Mike Eliason, Bo Sailor of Goleta, Caif. watches as high surf crashes into the wall and spills onto Channel Drive in Montecito, Calif. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. The ocean-water-quality advisory issued Thursday came as the latest storms moved east after pummeling the region with heavy rainfall. Bacteria levels can increase significantly during and after rainstorms as contaminants in the runoff enter the ocean via storm drains, creeks and rivers. (Mike Eliason via AP)

High surf batters the break wall at Cabrillo Beach in San Pedro, Calif., Thursday morning, Jan. 7, 2016, as another powerful El Nino-driven storm lashed coastal areas of California on Thursday. The storm created waves that forecasters said could reach 16 feet while sending scattered thundershowers across inland areas. (Chuck Bennett/Daily Breeze via AP)

SANTA PAULA, CA - JANUARY 07: A rainbow fills the sky above the Thomas Aquinas College in the Topatopa Mountains near Santa Paula Thursday afternoon January 07, 2016 as the latest El Nino storm moves through Southern California with more rain and heavy surf. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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SANTA PAULA, CA - JANUARY 07: A rainbow fills the sky in the Topatopa Mountains near Santa Paula Thursday afternoon January 07, 2016 as the latest El Nino storm moves through Southern California with more rain and heavy surf. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
A restaurant entrance is mirrored by flood waters after heavy rains in San Diego, California on January 7, 2016. The first major El Nino storm of the season battered southern California this week, bringing heavy rain to the drought-stricken region and causing flooding and mudslides in some areas. Several El Nino storms are expected to hit California in the coming weeks, but experts warn that the rainfall will not be enough to help the region recover from a historic drought. AFP PHOTO/ BILL WECHTER / AFP / Bill Wechter (Photo credit should read BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)
A City of San Diego crew member cleans up debris in a road after heavy storms and flooding in San Diego, California on January 7, 2016. The first major El Nino storm of the season battered southern California this week, bringing heavy rain to the drought-stricken region and causing flooding and mudslides in some areas. Several El Nino storms are expected to hit California in the coming weeks, but experts warn that the rainfall will not be enough to help the region recover from a historic drought. AFP PHOTO/ BILL WECHTER / AFP / Bill Wechter (Photo credit should read BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)
warning light stands submerged on the Camino de la Reina which is flooded by the San Diego River after heavy rains in San Diego, California on January 7, 2016. The first major El Nino storm of the season battered southern California this week, bringing heavy rain to the drought-stricken region and causing flooding and mudslides in some areas. Several El Nino storms are expected to hit California in the coming weeks, but experts warn that the rainfall will not be enough to help the region recover from a historic drought. AFP PHOTO/ BILL WECHTER / AFP / Bill Wechter (Photo credit should read BILL WECHTER/AFP/Getty Images)
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It was not immediately clear how long the area would be shut down.

A partially flooded street in the area of Burbank near Balboa Boulevard -- not far from the Sepulveda Basin -- left at least one vehicle stranded in the roadway, video from the scene showed.

The driver was able to evacuate the car, a Mini Cooper, through the window. He got on the hood of the car before jumping into the knee-deep water and wading safely to the side, according to the footage.

In Ventura County, all southbound lanes of the 101 Freeway near the city of Ventura had to be closed when lanes became inundated with at least 3-feet of floodwater, the California Highway Patrol's incident log stated shortly after 9 a.m.

The coastal stretch, near Sea Cliff, was close to the area where the Solimar Fire burned more than 1,200 acres less than two weeks ago.

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One lane was reopened at Dulah around 11:45 a.m., but by then, traffic in the area was jammed, according to CHP. By 1 p.m., the entire southbound stretch was reopened.

"Please take caution when driving through the area and slow down in the rainy conditions," CHP cautioned.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning in the Solimar Fire burn area that was in effect Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The flooding came as the strongest in a series of El Niño-related storms went through the region on Tuesday, bringing much-needed rain across drought-stricken California.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid driving through floodwater.

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