Neighborhoods in burn areas gather sandbags, K-rails to guard from possible mudslides

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Residents living in the Colby Fire burn areas are bracing for potential mudslides. (KABC)

While many people in Southern California woke up to rain Monday morning, the biggest of the storms has yet to hit and residents in burn areas are getting ready.

Glendora residents stacked sandbags, set up K-rails and cleared debris from around their homes as a group of storms loomed overhead.

In recent years, the homes beneath the Colby Fire burn area have been some of the hardest hit by debris flows when rain falls.

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A yellow alert was issued for the area, which means parking restrictions are in effect for the neighborhood. Officials also asked that trash cans be kept out of the streets.

About 8,000 sandbags have been passed out to homeowners since Wednesday, Glendora police said. According to U.S. Forest Service officials, the burn area will remain prone to mudslides for at least the next three years.

Glendora city officials have brought out sandbags in dozens of pallets to meet high demands from citizens.

But even residents who live outside of the Colby Fire burn area prepared for damage and potential flooding.

"If we have a big downpour, I'm concerned that the water may bring the mud along with it and make some damage," resident Hector said.

He added that since he lives on a hill, he's seen heavy rains have flood his home and garage before.

Heavy downpours are expected to hit hardest Tuesday as an El Nino-related storm system moves through the Southland.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works offers tips on how to properly fill and place sandbags. For more information, visit

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