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Flash flood warning lifted for LA burn areas

December 22, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A flash flood warning was lifted at 7 p.m. for the Station and Briggs burn areas of L.A. County, which includes La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta and residents were allowed back in their homes Wednesday night.More than 230 homes were under evacuation Wednesday, and though evacuations have been lifted, authorities said the risk of slides is still serious. Parking restrictions were still in place to allow emergency vehicles and sheriffs to access the area.

"We're not out of the woods at all due to the fact that we have seen slides historically happen three to five days after the rain has occurred so we will be patrolling the area, watching the hillsides," said Capt. Frank Garrido with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The neighborhood at the top of Ocean View Boulevard was shut down at 2 a.m. Wednesday, and no one was being allowed in because of the potential danger of mudslides.

Sheriff's deputies went door to door on Tuesday night to make sure everyone knew about the mandatory evacuation order.

In La Canada Flintridge, 147 homes were under the evacuation order, and 85 homes in La Crescenta were under the evacuation order. Residents were told they had to leave by 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Residents who chose to stay and ride out the storm had to sign a waiver. Many of them were there in February when a wall of water and mud flooded through their neighborhood, and they say they are ready for it again.

Lien Yang of La Canada Flintridge said he believes conditions are better than they were last time.

Officials are keeping a close eye on the Mullally catch basin, which is just above the homes at the top of Ocean View Boulevard. The Mullally catch basin was the one that clogged last time and caused the massive mud flow, destroying several homes and sending vehicles sailing down the road.

As of noon Wednesday, Public Works officials said the debris basins for the most part were about 20 percent full.

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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