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Flash flood traps Californian drivers

Flash flood traps Californian drivers
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It felt like monsoon season in car-loving California when a freak downpour in Acton, north of Los Angeles, triggered a flash flood that washed out roads and trapped drivers inside their vehicles.

A thunderstorm dumped almost 4 centimetres (1.5 inches) of rain onto the area in just half an hour on Thursday afternoon (August 3), according to weather services.

The sludge engulfed roads, overflowed onto a busy motorway and even halted local train services.

Several stranded drivers had to be rescued by helicopter, but no serious injuries were reported.