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Fashion Valley Mall entrance, city transit open again after major storm

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - With the back entrance to the Fashion Valley Mall re-opening, transportation around San Diego was just about back to normal Saturday, after this week's deluge, authorities said.

Avenida del Rio, a low-lying roadway off Camino de la Reina in Mission Valley that crosses the San Diego River and is always the first place to flood during a storm -- and often the last to open back up.

San Diego police Officer Frank Cali said he is aware of no major remaining road closures within the city.

Additionally, the San Diego Trolley is back to running trains all the way to Santee after mud and debris covered tracks near the El Cajon Transit Center at the height of the storm.

Amtrak train service to Los Angeles and intermediate points resumed Friday, although at reduced speeds across newly repaired tracks at the Sorrento Valley washout site. Coaster trains were scheduled to be idle until early Monday morning.

The steady, sometimes torrential downpours that began soaking the region last Friday caused enough erosion and landslide damage to halt all trains between Oceanside and San Diego early Wednesday morning.

Inspections by transit engineers revealed "considerable" loss of soil beneath a mile-long section of rails near Sorrento Valley, said Alex Wiggins of the North County Transit District. Having lost the earth supporting it, the stretch of track was left with inadequate support to bear the weight of train traffic.

The trains and trolleys are all operating reduced holiday schedules, and plan to resume normal weekday service on Monday.

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