Californians forced to evacuate from rainstorms

STORY: A swimming pool dangling off a cliff is a rare sight in California, but one was hanging over the edge after landslides and an evacuation around properties in the beachfront community of San Clemente.

An atmospheric river had dumped more torrential rain on the region.

Thanh Nguyen is the fire caption with Orange County Fire Authority.

"Yeah, this season we've been we've had a tremendous amount of rain and I don't think we're done with it yet. And so, yeah, it's saturated the landscape. And for this to happen, you know, it's probably from all that rain that we got.”

The West Coast is getting pounded by an usually wet season following two decades of drought, creating havoc on roads, endangering homes and residents.

This week, rain from the 11th atmospheric river of the season caused power outages and brought the risk of flooding to already swollen streams.

In the City of Porterville, long-time resident Ralph McLughlin was watching the nearby Tule River rise.

“We hate to think about leaving and just the flood, you know, and it getting worse and taking everything out. I mean, you know, when it floods and goes into buildings like that, you know what can happen? Nothing good happens.”

Evacuation orders have been issued for residents of Porterville, and McLughlin says they’re worried:

“People are in shock more than anything else and it's just they're scared to death. I mean, you know, about a lot of them lost property, I mean, a lot of them, lost vehicles and stuff.”