Cleanup Begins In California In Wake Of Tropical Storm Hilary

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After the first tropical storm to hit California in 84 years, the cleanup has began after Hilary dumped record rainfalls on the region which triggered mudslides, submerged roads and left many without power.  No deaths or serious injuries have been reported, but one person was reported missing in the mountains near San Bernadino.  Death Valley National Park experienced its rainiest day ever on Sunday receiving a full year’s rain, leaving 400 people trapped until roads can be cleared.  In the desert community of Cathedral City, 46 rescues were carried out due to the standing mud and water which was 5 feet high in some areas.  In one instance, a bulldozer drove through mud and rescued 14 residents of a care home carrying them out in the front scoop.  Flooding and mudslides were reported elsewhere in California and Nevada, even disrupting the beginning of the annual Burning Man Festival.