Mandatory evacuations lifted in Duarte; mud and debris cover streets

Saturday, February 18, 2017 04:57PM
Mandatory evacuations issued for more than 200 residents in Duarte were lifted Saturday morning after a monster storm caused mudslides and debris flows in the area.


DUARTE, Calif. - Mandatory evacuations issued for more than 200 residents in Duarte were lifted Saturday morning after a monster storm caused mudslides and debris flows in the area.

The orders were lifted at 8 a.m. and just hours later at 4 p.m., successful cleanups moved the city to the green alert level, meaning streets were opening for all commuters.

Residents of 202 homes that were in the Fish Fire impact area were ordered to evacuate at 7 a.m. Friday as the storm was set to pound the region.

Around 5 p.m., the strongest part of the storm hit Duarte, causing mud to overflow and move past the K-rails set up to protect the area.

The city sustained six hours of flash flood warnings and heavy rain. No property damage or injuries were reported, city officials said. More clearance work, primarily behind k-rails, will commence again on Monday, which may prohibit parking along Melcanyon Road, according to officials.

The Fish Fire charred nearly 5,000 acres along the hillsides behind homes in the city.
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