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
The Los Angeles County Public Works Department has announced that due to the forecast weekend storm, it will close public access to almost all County roads within the Station Fire burn area as of 12 noon tomorrow, Friday, February 5, 2010.
The segment of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, from the Los Angeles City limit to Vogel Flats Road, will remain open to residents and construction crews. However, the road will be closely monitored during the storm and subject to closure if conditions warrant.
The remainder of Big Tujunga Canyon Road, the Angeles Forest Highway, and Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, will close to all traffic except emergency vehicles, including Public Works personnel. Residents living in the burn areas will not be permitted to use the roads until the closures are lifted after the threat of rain or the storm system has passed and roadway debris and damage inspections are completed. Angeles Crest Highway (SR2) remains closed to all traffic.
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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.
Admininstrator/Exec. Comm./Case Mgmt. Comm. – SFV LTRG (San Fernando Valley Long Term Recovery Group)
National Director – Citizen Action Team Relief Database
Disaster Coordinator – Do Your Part
Planned Road Closures
Street: BIG TUJUNGA CANYON RD – L.A. CITY LINE / ANGELES FOREST HWY
Status: ROAD CLOSED
Reason: ROAD MAY CLOSE AT 4 AM ON JAN. 17 DUE TO STORM.
Close Date: 1/17/2010
Estimated Open Date: TBD
For updates on all current road closures, see All LADPW Road Closures at http://ladpw.org/rmd/roadclosure/