Drought-stricken California turned into an enormous mud bath when heavy rains soaked the area on Thursday afternoon. Flooding closed major traffic arteries around LA. Interstate 5 along the Tehachapi Mountains about 40 miles north of Los Angeles was closed as more than five feet of mud trapped motorists.

Employees with the California Transportation Commission worked throughout the night removing mud and debris from the interstate, but the job is being hampered by the dozens of abandoned cars left by drivers who scrambled to safety, their cars literally buried in mud. The California Highway patrol anticipates that the busy roadway will reopen this afternoon Pacific Time.

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