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Massive storm hits California, causing flooding and mudslides

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Residents secure a van caught in a mudslide by tying the van to a tree in Silverado Canyon, Calif., Dec. 22, 2010.

NBC, msnbc.com and news services report:

LOS ANGELES — Areas just south of Los Angeles — including a tony beach town that saw "rivers coming through" and its main beach washed away — were hardest hit Wednesday by the fiercest of several storms that battered Southern California since Friday.

A state of emergency is declared in the Golden State amid fears that the heavy rains will trigger dangerous flooding and even mudslides. NBC's Miguel Almaguer reports.