Californians braced for even more rain as they struggled to recover from storms that have left at least nine people dead, triggered mudslides and tornadoes, and washed away roads and runways.
Among the victims was a Nevada woman caught in an avalanche while cross-country skiing near Lake Tahoe, and a 16-year-old Orange County girl
doing homework on a computer when a mudslide crashed through the wall of her home.
In Ventura County, officials closed the small Santa Paula airport on Tuesday after more than 46.5 metres (155 feet) of runway collapsed into the rushing Santa Clara River. Chunks of concrete crumbled into the water throughout the day.
Forecasters said another strong system expected early on Wednesday could bring severe winds and drop an additional 2.5 centimetres (one inch) or more of rain on southern California.
Despite brief glimpses of sun, a flash flood watch was in effect across much of southern California on Tuesday. A tornado warning was also issued for coastal areas.
Authorities said dozens of homes were evacuated or red-tagged - marked as uninhabitable - because they threatened to collapse from sliding hillsides.
Southern California residents are coping with rain for a sixth straight day.
The rain is from a wave of storms that have left at least nine people dead, triggered mudslides and tornadoes, and washed away roads and runways.
One family in Highland Park, woke up to their backyard falling away and the floor in their home beginning to crack in two.
Many Californians, love the mountains and the views that come with them and build on them despite the best advice.
Meteorologists say there is always a risk of mudslides for homeowners who build and buy on the hills.
Jim Kosek, senior meteorologist from Accu-Weather says this is "the third wettest year on record."
Mudslides forced Amtrak officials to suspend the train service north of Los Angeles to Santa Barbara at least through to Thursday.
The wild weather came from a series of storms that began battering the state on Thursday, dumping 20.7 centimetres (8.15 inches) of rain on
downtown Los Angeles.
A total of 86.23 centimetres (33.95 inches) of rain has fallen on the city since July 1, when California begins its yearly rainfall measurements. The record, 96.98 centimetres (38.18 inches), was set in 1883-1884.
Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn asked California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to urge US President George W Bush to issue a federal disaster declaration for the city, which could open the way for federal assistance. The mayor said damage exceeded 10 million US dollars.