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Flash flood watch in effect for inland SLO County

Ryan Amborn, left and R.J. Michael in the water, tow a stranded Jeep out of a water covered road in Atascadero in March 2011. The car was flooded out while trying to cross a low spot on Los Palos road north of Durango Road.
Ryan Amborn, left and R.J. Michael in the water, tow a stranded Jeep out of a water covered road in Atascadero in March 2011. The car was flooded out while trying to cross a low spot on Los Palos road north of Durango Road. The Tribune

Officials are warning of possible flash floods in burn areas throughout the state, including parts of northern San Luis Obispo County.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch Monday for parts of San Luis Obispo, Ventura and Los Angeles counties affected by wildfire burns this past year. This included Paso Robles and Atascadero, as well as the interior valleys.

According to the service, the series of expected storms this week could bring periods of heavy rain and a threat of mud and debris flows through those areas until late Wednesday, with much of the risk concentrated on Tuesday morning and afternoon.

The service also cautioned that because more rains are expected later in the week, the flood watch could be extended beyond Wednesday night.

Residents in or below recently burned areas are encouraged to take precautionary steps to protect their property, and they are asked to remain alert to any changes in the watch condition.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

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