Storm preparations underway in recent burn areas of Santa Clarita amid flash-flood warning

ByJohn Gregory and staff via KABC logo
Thursday, December 15, 2016
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A flash flood warning prompted preparations in recent burn areas as a major storm system made its way toward Southern California on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (KABC) -- As a major storm system made its way toward Southern California on Thursday, preparations continued in Santa Clarita amid a flash-flood warning for recent burn areas.

Sand and sandbags were available to residents at Los Angeles County Fire Department station No. 104, where the Sand Fire in July charred more than 41,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest and left nearby hillsides barren.

With the winter storm expected to bring 1-to-2 inches of rain to the area, firefighters and the National Weather Service warned of the possibility of debris flows.

Several ranches are located in the area, and fire officials have cautioned against potential dangers to horses and other animals.

"We want to make sure people are prepared with sandbags, make sure they have a plan, make sure that they have an evacuation route," said fire Inspector Joey Marron. "If they have big, large animals, make sure they have somewhere for them to go."

Residents were reminded to position sandbags in such a way that diverts water away from structures to avoid pooling. Christmas ornaments and outdoor furniture should also be secured.

Gusty winds of up to 60 mph are also expected as part of the storm, especially in the mountain areas and passes. Drivers of high-profile vehicles were urged to use caution amid blustery conditions.

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