LOS ANGELES - Residents in three Southern California foothill communities are back home after fears of mudslides from heavy rain abated.
A powerful storm had threatened to unleash mud on neighborhoods beneath unstable hills scarred by recent wildfires and evacuations were ordered
But with the storm reduced to sprinkles, residents in the Los Angeles County cities of Glendora and Azusa were allowed back into their homes early Sunday. Monrovia residents were allowed back late Saturday.
The storm -- the largest since 2010 -- kept emergency planners and rescue crews busy, but it didn't produce enough rain to pull California out of a crippling drought that has grown to crisis proportions for the state's vast farming industry.
One expert says the precipitation will bring the Los Angeles region to about half its normal rainfall for the season.
In downtown Los Angeles, the skies cleared in time for the red-carpet arrivals at the Academy Awards, but rescue teams and cleanup crews are still busy.