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Roads Reopen, Most Stuck Vehicles Freed From California Mud

Caltrans / AP

In a photo provided by Caltrans, water and mud cover Interstate 5 at Fort Tejon, about 75 miles north of downtown Los Angeles, on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015.

Caltrans / AP

(AP) - Crews pulled dozens of stranded cars and trucks free and reopened some Southern California roads that were buried in tons of mud during flash flooding last week.

Los Angeles County crews Sunday reopened stretches of five roads in mountain communities about 40 miles north of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County Public Works department says the reopening "comes well ahead of original forecasts" with more than 40 bulldozers, dump trucks and other heavy equipment working through the weekend to shift an estimated 200,000 cubic yards of mud.

Work continues on two other roads in the Lake Hughes and Lake Elizabeth areas that were inundated as thunderstorms unleashed flash flooding on Thursday.

In nearby Kern County, more than 100 cars, buses, RVs and big-rig trucks were trapped on State Route 58.