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Recent heavy rainfall in Southern California led to emergency responses by Los Angeles firefighters to rescue motorists trapped in mud and debris. The National Weather Service reported that after mudslides hit Pine Canyon Road in Lake Hughes on Sunday night, 24 vehicles with 53 people were affected.

Los Angeles County Fire Department units arrived at the scene at 7:40 p.m. to assist vehicles stuck in mud and debris flow. The situation was ongoing, with Public Works and the Red Cross alerted for assistance. CBS affiliate KCBS aired footage showing cars trapped in the rubble.

Despite the challenging conditions, there were no reported injuries, and tow trucks worked overnight to remove vehicles. Firefighters used helicopters and night-vision technology to rescue eight adults and six children from five different locations along flooded Pine Canyon Road.

The rainfall was attributed to Tropical Storm Kay, which brought heavy rains, strong winds, and debris flow to Southern California over the weekend. Flash-flood warnings remained in effect for parts of the region on Monday. Such events are rare for California, with few instances of tropical cyclones approaching so closely along the Pacific Coast.