Torrential Rains Wash California Cliffside Into The Sea | “Relentless rains pounded the Los Angeles area for hours Sunday as a storm passed from the Pacific Ocean into Southern California, flooding streets and highways and sending a section of a coastline street into the sea,” the Associated Press reports. “A chunk of coastal bluff that had been creeping toward the ocean for months gave way and part of the street that sat on it buckled and crumbled into the Pacific amid hard afternoon rains,” Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said in a statement. The Paseo Del Mar cliff had been closed since September. “The Sepulveda tunnel at Los Angeles International Airport filled with three to four feet of water on the southbound side and had to be closed down for several hours, causing traffic delays for travelers of up to 45 minutes,” airport spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. Rainwater flooded stores along Melrose Avenue in Hollywood.