Here are a few links from the LA Times showing the extent of damage in La Cañada Flintridge due to the recent mudslides. So far the cabins in Big Tujunga Canyon have avoided this fate, although there has been damage to several roads and nearly every drainage culvert has been filled. Hopefully, the worst is over and the rains for the rest of the season will be light and moderate. Keep your fingers crossed.
Graphic: Damaged homes
Video & Article
City Crews Doing Debris Pick-Up in Mudslide Areas
Panorama: Mudslide aftermath on Manistee Drive in La Cañada Flintridge
As predicted, the winter storms have caused damage to homes in the La Cañada Flintridge area. The LA Times has reported over 40 homes damaged and hundreds of people evacuated, with more of both likely given that another storm is on its way tonight.
For more details, follow the links below.
PHOTOS: Storms pound the Southland
Mandatory evacuations ordered for 500 homes
LA Now – Keyword = Mudslides
5 pm Sat and just got off the phone with the LA County Road head for the area. Apparently a segment of one lane of the Angeles Forest Hwy has slipped away between Big Tujunga and the Crest Hwy so expect that area to be out of action for awhile. Gate at Vogel still closed. Vogel down to Stonyvale turning left (towards La Paloma) has a lot of rocks that cars can’t get through, but if they get equipment down there they may be able to punch one lane through the debris. Moving downstream along Stonyvale, the dual culvert crossing just before Vogel private and the right into Vogel Forest Cabins has the culverts plugged and the dirt has totally filled the channel going back upstream. Water is just going over the road. They will try and get a backhoe in to move dirt to allow the water to flow in the channel.
Bottomline is that Big Tujunga road still has slide material on it in several places reducing the road width. As such, it is still closed but they are planning on issuing a press release, once they get all the slides cleared, when it will be open to residents, emergency traffic and contractors.
Keep in mind that if they can’t get it open safely before the next rain and the rain is forecasted to be significant, they may leave it closed till after the rain. Remember, they are only clearing the mud off the road, they haven’t started on clearing the plugged drains which caused the mud to flow on the road. The next rain can put water and mud back on the road if the drains aren’t functioning which means we could be back to square one.
Sorry about the pendulum on this but we are going to take our cue from the county.
Cabins at La Paloma, Stonyvale, Vogel, and Trailunga visited. All in good shape. However, the road across to La Paloma still has water going over it and a regular car may not make it up to the cabins. There may be some road clearing issues on the other side of the water crossing. The road up to Trail Canyon was examined from Big T with normal rutting observed, no large slides but no one went into Trail Canyon Trailhead or canyons.
The county roads behind all the lock gates (Clear Creek and Big T) was driven, passable with some washouts). County working on the problem at the City limits and making good progress.
This call for help with the coming storms comes from local realtor and Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council Member, Tomi Bowling:
We have on our list of Emergency Call outs: access to a group of nursing students, a possible ham radio operator, people to handle traffic control, labor for sandbagging, logistics drivers, help with evacuees, a paramedic, someone managing logistics for the schools/evac centers, few people with pick up trucks, a place to house up to 30 horses, we need more.
We also have someone organizing places for people to go and hang out or stay. We need to have it all organized by Monday. It starts tomorrow and by Monday we should have had our first few inches of rainfall. We have around 30. We need a lot more. Please contact Tomi Bowling and let me know what you are available for. 818-353-9143. Please step up.
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