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Southern CA recovers from flash flooding, mud flows

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Torrential rains triggered flash flooding and mudslides that killed one person. (Source: San Bernardino County Fire/CNN) Torrential rains triggered flash flooding and mudslides that killed one person. (Source: San Bernardino County Fire/CNN)

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA (CNN) - A major cleanup was underway in southern California following Sunday's severe weather.

Torrential rains triggered flash flooding and mudslides that killed one person, left many others stranded, damaged dozens of homes and made numerous roads impassable.

In the San Bernardino Mountains east of Los Angeles, the water and mud came so fast, some had almost no time to react.

"It was a flash flood, and I knew we were in the middle of it. We only had minutes to decide to turn around," one man said.

More than four inches of rain in less than two hours turned roads into rivers of mud and rock.

Rescuers had to break windows to get into vehicles that were swept away. About an hour east of Los Angeles, a man died after his car was swept into a creek.

“The person was found inside the vehicle,” Chris Prater of San Bernardino County Fire said. “The car was severely damaged. People forget that not only water comes down these hillsides, but it brings debris with it, oftentimes large boulders and logs.”

In Forest Falls, the mud flow was so deep it closed off the only road leading to parts of Forest Home, an 1,800-bed Christian sleep away camp. A few hundred third- through fifth-grade stranded campers slept on the floor of a dining hall while crews worked to clear the road.

"Our campers were not nervous,” Gary Wingerd said. “There was no one who was concerned for their safety."

To give a sense of how much mud came through here: A sign six feet tall only had a foot or so sticking out.

Dozens of cars were left covered in mud. More than 40 homes suffered damage.

While the rain only lasted a couple of hours, the cleanup is going to take a very long time.

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