The Orange County Public Works Department shared video on Tuesday, Jan. 10 of crews using heavy machinery to clear mud and debris from Orange County roads in Silverado and Modjeska Canyon.

The video, shared on Facebook, shows crews creating roadside culverts and makeshift storm drains in an effort to prevent flooding. As predicted by the National Weather Service, heavy rains struck the area at approximately 12 p.m. 

“What started off as a relatively quiet morning in our canyon communities, despite continuous rain, was soon followed by a mid-day heavy downpour that caused several issues along roads in Silverado and Modjeska Canyons. We thank the canyon residents for their patience and support as our crews worked quickly and safely to keep roads open,” the department wrote on Facebook.  

On Monday, OCPW shared an update indicating that the Bond Fire burn areas within the Silverado, Williams and Modjeska Canyon areas were expecting the possibility of heavy rains and thunderstorms.  

Irvine has received more than two inches of rain since Jan. 1 according to data provided by the National Weather Service. North of Irvine, Santiago Canyon has received 3.44 inches of rain since Jan. 1.

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