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Burn-area residents prep for possible slides

December 18, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The wet weather triggered 264 accidents along Los Angeles-area roads on Saturday between 5 and 9 a.m., according to a report released by the California Highway Patrol. Between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., a total of 349 collisions had been reported.On the eastbound 10 Freeway in El Monte, an early morning accident at the Baldwin Avenue exit held up traffic for hours.

The rain was light throughout many Southland cities, with approximately .14 inches at LAX overnight. However, that was enough to cause clusters of accidents.

In San Dimas, a driver of a big rig was killed when he lost control of his vehicle and went across all lanes of traffic and slammed into a Toyota sedan.

The crash happened on the westbound 210 Freeway near the southbound 57 transition road. The driver of the Toyota was not injured.

In Santa Clarita, an accident on I-5 near the Calgrove Boulevard exit injured five people including two children.

In San Bernardino, a driver heading east on the 210 Freeway near Waterman Avenue flipped his car when he swerved to avoid something in the road.

The wet weather system lingering over Southern California is expected to remain steady for the next few days.

According to the National Weather Service, the storm system could produce 2 to 4 inches along the coastal areas by Sunday night, with 4 to 8 inches expected in the foothills and mountains and more than 10 inches possible in some mountain areas.

An even stronger storm system is set to arrive Tuesday and Wednesday.

Workers with the city of Glendale, the Public Works Department and the Glendale Youth Alliance prepared sand bags for Glendale residents to use to protect their homes from the possibility of mudslides.

Around 1,000 sandbags were available for residents at Dunsmore Park.

"The burn areas this year is supposed to be the worst," said Bryan Torres with the Glendale Public Works. "The second year of a fire is supposed to be the worst, so we're preparing the best as we can."

A rain advisory was issued for all Los Angeles County beaches and the alert was expected to remain in effect until at least noon on Monday.

A flash flood watch has been issued for Saturday night and Sunday for wildfire-scorched parts of Los Angeles County, including the Station, Morris, Briggs and Crown burn areas.

The rain forced closures of all county roads within the Station Fire burn area. The closures began 2 a.m. Sunday.

Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road are closed to all traffic except emergency vehicles.

Residents living in the burn areas are not permitted to use the roads until the closures are lifted. Also, burn area residents are advised to remove their vehicles from streets where possible.

Residents in the previously burned areas can obtain sandbags from the following locations:

  • Fire Station 24, 9411 Wentworth Street, Sunland
  • Fire Station 91, 14430 Polk Street, Sylmar
  • Council District 2 field office, 7747 Foothill Boulevard, Tujunga
  • Sand and sandbags are available at the vacant lot located at the intersection of Day Street and Pali Avenue, Tujunga
The city of Long Beach is providing free sand to residents at five fire stations. Residents must bring and use their own shovel (self-service) to get the sand, which is available in large bins outside the following five fire stations:

  • #5 7575 E. Wardlow Rd.
  • #7 2295 Elm Ave.
  • #12 6509 Gundry Ave.
  • #13 2475 Atlantic Ave.
  • #14 5200 Eliot St.
  • In the event that evacuations orders are issued, the following locations (which are accessible to persons with disabilities) will be used as shelters:

    • Sunland Park Recreation Center, 8651 Foothill Blvd., Sunland, (818) 621-2321
    • Sunland Senior Citizens Center, 8640 Fenwick St. Sunland, (818) 353-9571
    The Los Angeles City Emergency Management Department will continue to monitor weather reports and the impact on the previously burned areas throughout the duration of the storm. Additional information is available at:

    City News Service contributed to this report.


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