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Evacuations ordered in foothills area

December 21, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Evacuation orders have been issued for Tuesday by the Foothills Unified Incident Command for 147 residences in La Canada Flintridge and 85 residences in La Crescenta due to the possibility of debris flows resulting from forecasted rain storms in the area.

Evacuations are mandatory. Residents are asked to comply with evacuation orders by 9 p.m. Affected property owners are being notified of the evacuation orders by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The Red Cross has established an evacuation shelter at the Holy Redeemer Church at 2411 Montrose Avenue, Montrose 91020. The shelter opened at 6 p.m. 'No Parking During Rain Event' restrictions are currently in force on posted streets in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta. Parking will not be allowed on those streets during the entire rain event and vehicles will be subject to towing.

Residents are urged to continue to monitor news broadcasts, or visit the CARE website at www.dpwcare.org for further updates as this series of storms approach.

Residents were asked to remove vehicles and trash cans from streets.

Sheriff's deputies will go door to door to monitor residents. Residents who choose to stay will be asked to sign a waiver.

"I cannot overemphasize the magnitude of the storm," L.A. County Fire Dept. Assistant Chief Mike Metro.

Metro said the Crescenta Calley, the Acton and Palmdale areas and the Antelope Valley were seeing the biggest flooding problems due to the rain.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed state of emergency status in Kern, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, and Tulare counties Tuesday evening.

"After a few days of saturation, obviously that's where our big concern is," said L.A. County Fire Capt. Al Bustillos.

Secured K-rails continue to hold back debris, but residents say they know they're not out of the woods yet.

County roads within the Station Fire burn area remained closed Tuesday, including Angeles Forest Highway, Big Tujunga Canyon Road and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road. Residents living in the burn areas are not permitted to use the roads until the closures are lifted.

A record rainfall of .98 inches was set at Los Angeles International Airport Monday, the most for this date since 1952, according to the National Weather Service.

Rainfall records were also set at Long Beach Airport Monday, where 1.65 inches was recorded, breaking a record set in 1964; and in San Gabriel Monday, where 2.66 inches was recorded at the fire station, breaking the old record of 1.33 inches set in 2002.

Los Angeles residents in flood-prone areas can pick up sand and sandbags from the following locations, according to the L.A. Emergency Management Department:

  • Fire Station 24, 9411 Wentworth St., Sunland
  • Fire Station 91, 14430 Polk St., Sylmar
  • Council District 2 field office, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga
  • vacant lot at the corner of Day Street and Pali Avenue, Tujunga

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:


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