CA foothill homes threatened by mudflow ordered evacuated ahead of storm

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Residents of more than 1,000 foothill homes in Glendora and Azusa California were ordered to evacuate Thursday as precaution against possible mudslides resulting from Friday’s forecast heavy rains.

Mandatory evacuation was in effect for Glendora residents in north of Sierra Madre Avenue between Yucca Ridge Road and Glendora Mountain Road and 11 Azusa homes on Ridge View Drive. The communities lie below the Colby Fire Impact Area and are at risk of flowing debris. The Colby Fire burned 1,952 acres in January.

The first of two storms that hit California Wednesday through Thursday caused minor mudslides in Azusa. The mud measuring 300 feet entered the Rancho Vasquez Avocado Grove but caused no damage.

Heavier rain from this week’s second storm in California would bring 3 to 6 inches of rain in the foothills and mountains Friday through Saturday, according to AccuWeather.com. Several inches of rain is also forecast for California’s southern coast through Saturday.

Workers have been erecting K-rails to direct the flow of any mud and debris that comes down from the denuded hillsides. Some 1,000 homes in a three-mile stretch of Glendora’s western border are vulnerable from mudflows, which Glendora police said can cause injury or death.

Several roads in and near the Angeles National Forest were also close in anticipation of possible debris flows during the storm. The closure will remain in effect until the storm system has passed and the roads have been inspected, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works said.

Heavy snow is also expected to fall in the Sierra mountains with several feet possible through Saturday.

Meanwhile, more than an inch of rain fell Wednesday through Thursday on Los Angeles while half an inch fell in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys, according to the National Weather Service. The California Highway Patrol logged 77 crashes in Los Angeles County during the same period.

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