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CA: Evacuations continue as officials scramble to clear debris basins ( Los Angeles )
Los Angeles Times ^ | February 6, 2010 | 6:29 p.m. | Victoria Kim, Ruben Vives and Nicole Santa Cruz

Posted on 02/06/2010 9:12:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Rivers of mud and debris damaged or destroyed dozens of homes as they cascaded down the hillsides of La Cañada Flintridge. Crews are racing to make room in catch basins before more rains arrive.

A flash flood warning in the San Gabriel Mountain foothills damaged by the Station fire has been lifted and a second band of rain cells passed through the burn area without triggering more of the mudslides that damaged or destroyed 43 homes in La Cañada Flintridge, closed several roads in the Santa Monica Mountains and washed out portions of Angeles Crest Highway and Ortega Highway near Idyllwild.

But with debris basins along the San Gabriel Mountains near capacity or overflowing, any additional rain or thunder storms will carry the threat of more damaging debris flows.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, who appeared with officials from the fire and public works departments at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said he was shocked by the storm damage in La Cañada Flintridge, which he felt could have been prevented if the US. Forest Service had acted more quickly to prevent the spread of the Station fire last fall.

"Earlier this morning I toured the site and I was devastated; I was really, really, shocked by what I had seen," Antonovich said. "The homes destroyed, automobiles pushed out of the way by the storms, the mudslides moving heavy concrete barriers. . . . It was as if you were at Universal Studios on the studio tour seeing a war zone area."

(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; stormwatch

1 posted on 02/06/2010 9:12:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: kellynla; Brad's Gramma; pollywog; A CA Guy; BurbankKarl; lainie; bd476; ErnBatavia; ...

Some news on the damage....another storm due Tuesday.


2 posted on 02/06/2010 9:13:40 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I blame Tony Villar


3 posted on 02/06/2010 9:14:01 PM PST by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, neither this storm or Tiger Woods being AWOL seemed to be able to stop that golf tournament today...


4 posted on 02/06/2010 9:18:29 PM PST by SierraWasp (NO MORE BOLSHEVIK PLOTTERS IN THE WHITEHOUSE!!! NO MORE IN OUR GOVERNMENT!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

5 posted on 02/06/2010 9:21:42 PM PST by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; al baby

I’m with Al.. it’s Mayor Teeth’s fault


6 posted on 02/06/2010 9:48:37 PM PST by lainie (The US congress is full to the brim of absolutely disgusting thieves who deserve humiliating ouster.)
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To: garjog

That looks bad.


7 posted on 02/06/2010 10:12:39 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: lainie

It’s fine with me....It would have been better not to have had the fire too.


8 posted on 02/06/2010 10:13:42 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Thanks for posting this. I agree with Antonovich — the forest service did not do enough to stop the Station Fire when it started.

The water/debris this morning went from the top of Ocean View down at least a couple miles to the town of Montrose.


9 posted on 02/06/2010 10:14:08 PM PST by girlreporter
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To: al baby

Speaking of Tony Villar, has there been any mention in the MSM about his using a phony black dialect last week at an event? I couldn’t believe it when I heard it. Imagine anybody but a Dem getting away with this.


10 posted on 02/06/2010 10:19:53 PM PST by Mjaye
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Swordmaker; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; ...

how are you doing?


11 posted on 02/06/2010 10:20:44 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’m fine , I am many miles away from the mountains,...I am near the Beach....you know.,..LOL!


12 posted on 02/06/2010 10:25:59 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: SierraWasp
Oh,...there was a Golf tournament today,...I was getting ready for the viewing of the super bowl....

Stricker roars, Johnson falls at Riviera

Wonder how they pulled that off...it was wet down here.

13 posted on 02/06/2010 10:31:41 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: All

Nite all,...this cold is getting to me...YUK!


14 posted on 02/06/2010 10:32:59 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: garjog

Boy, I do like your tag line.


15 posted on 02/07/2010 5:18:38 AM PST by Hardastarboard (Note to self: Never post in a thread about religion again.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

What is happening down there?

Last week was a paradox in Northern and Middle Coastal California.

The wineo counties had rain most of the week and a frog drowner Friday night, actually early morning. Our fly club had a steelhead fishing event on the Russian river for yesterday and today, and it was cancelled due to very high river flows.

We were in Pismo Beach last week and inspite of rain predictions, it was basically dry until Thursday night. We had a little rain on our drive back home.

We may have another one of those Valentine Day super storms.


16 posted on 02/07/2010 7:01:12 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

;’)


17 posted on 02/07/2010 7:53:10 AM PST by SunkenCiv (Happy New Year! Freedom is Priceless.)
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To: Grampa Dave

Well we had rain,...Thursday night & Friday.... didn’t seem that bad here but the guys just below the station fire area got mudflows as the story indicates.

Not sure whether it was that the rain was much heavier or just that the previous storms loosened the soil enough for it to start moving.

If the latter,...then with the next storm coming we will see more of this .

Nice sunshine this Sunday morning so maybe we will get some drying.


18 posted on 02/07/2010 9:08:17 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Grampa Dave
From the times:


A gas company worker digs in front of a flattened home on Manistee Drive, where the flash flood caused a gas leak. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

19 posted on 02/07/2010 9:10:20 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: kellynla; Brad's Gramma; pollywog; A CA Guy; BurbankKarl; lainie; bd476; ErnBatavia; ...
I guess this is a new story with more detail on the damage:

'Niagara' of mud hits homes

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Dozens of houses in La Cañada Flintridge are damaged or destroyed in a storm that defied forecast.

By Rong-Gong Lin II, Victoria Kim and Ruben Vives

February 7, 2010

An unexpectedly powerful rainstorm unleashed a torrent of mud that inundated more than 40 houses Saturday, leaving La Cañada Flintridge's northernmost neighborhood awash in boulders, dented cars and broken homes.

The force of the mudflow appeared to catch residents and officials off guard, as the forecast initially called for a light to moderate rainstorm. No evacuations had been ordered Thursday or Friday, when the rain began to fall.

But before dawn on Saturday, an intense band of rain cells formed over the mountains burned in the massive Station fire. What was supposed to be a fast-moving storm instead stalled, dumping rain at an alarming rate. The power of the debris flowing off the mountain pushed a 10-ton boulder into a critical catch basin in La Cañada Flintridge.

The boulder clogged the drain like a giant stopper and the ashen muck had nowhere to go but through the Paradise Valley neighborhood on the northern end of Ocean View Boulevard. Mud flowed two miles downhill, all the way to Foothill Boulevard.

"It looked like the Niagara Falls was coming down the street," said Amanda Manukian, who lives in the 5400 block of Ocean View Boulevard. She said she saw firefighters scramble out of her neighbor's home when a burst of rainfall poured down, threatening the crew.

20 posted on 02/07/2010 9:15:45 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Grampa Dave
Rains continued from Friday into Saturday.

And were much heavier than forecast.

21 posted on 02/07/2010 9:20:20 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Next storm in soCal——Tuesday


22 posted on 02/07/2010 9:22:36 AM PST by votemout
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To: All
Looking back:

LA Times on Friday:

Southland storm begins on an uneven note

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L.A. experiences light rain compared with Orange and San Diego counties. On Saturday, expect strong winds.


Vanessa Cuccia shields herself from the rain along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times / February 5, 2010)

By Ann M. Simmons
February 6, 2010

The second of two cold fronts to sweep Southern California will hit the Los Angeles area Saturday, bringing rain, possible thunderstorms and the threat of mud and debris flows in hillside areas scorched by last year's wildfires, according to the National Weather Service.

Rains on Friday snarled traffic and prompted road closures in foothill communities bordering the Angeles National Forest, where more than 160,000 acres remain charred from the Station fire. Los Angeles County saw relatively light rain, but Orange and San Diego counties experienced heavy thunderstorms and 45-mph wind gusts along the coast.

Forecasters predict up to 1 1/2 inches of rainfall across the coastal and valley areas with as much as 3 1/2 inches in the foothills and mountains.

A flash-flood watch was put in effect for portions of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties on Friday, and it will remain in place through Saturday, according to Jamie Meier, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Oxnard.

Mountain resort areas can expect 12 to 20 inches of snow at levels of 6,000 to 7,000 feet, dropping on Saturday to about 4,500 to 5,000 feet, just below the Grapevine on Interstate 5, Meier said.

It should also be quite windy, with mountain regions experiencing 20- to 30-mph winds and gusts up to 55 mph, Meier said.

23 posted on 02/07/2010 10:03:35 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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Schwarzenegger to tour La Cañada Flintridge mudslide area
24 posted on 02/07/2010 10:06:00 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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More:

Residents, governor assess mudslide damage in Station fire burn area


Residents and officials were assessing the damage this morning after mudslides damaged 43 homes in the foothills hit by the Station fire.

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PHOTOS: Storms pound the Southland

25 posted on 02/07/2010 10:10:21 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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26 posted on 02/07/2010 10:13:06 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Wow I was born in Montrose, and am about 10 minutes driving time from the mud...but today it is gorgeous. Sunny, Windy, and Brisk!....sad for all who are digging out though...


27 posted on 02/07/2010 12:39:15 PM PST by pollywog
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To: pollywog

that mud flowed down Ocean View to Honolulu, lots of junk on ocean view and a few sand bags on the curbs just before the east bound. my mother live’s in an assisted living facility in montrose


28 posted on 02/07/2010 2:17:00 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: markman46

Incredible , markman!
Those hills will be in for more if we get another downpour like this weekend.


29 posted on 02/07/2010 8:17:00 PM PST by pollywog
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To: pollywog

ya it was not good, most of the mess had been cleaned up before I had got up there saw most of the mess on ocen view when I got on the east bound 210.. Yes there will be more slides I guess the catch basin was over flowing..


30 posted on 02/07/2010 9:32:06 PM PST by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

We have had about 48 hours of no rain (nothing since early Saturday morning).

Our rivers/streams and even dry most of the year streams are high and flowing at high and rapid levels.

Hopefully for our South Landers, they will have a dry spell.


31 posted on 02/08/2010 7:15:09 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: Grampa Dave

Sunshine this morning and it was very nice and sunny yesterday....but the next storm is due late tomorrow,..


32 posted on 02/08/2010 7:45:54 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Latest 12z NAM/GFS guidance show that showers will likely spread across much of the forecast area by Tuesday afternoon...so will be bumping up probability of precipitation to likely in all areas during that time frame. Other upcoming change will be lowering of snow levels. Per coordination with San Diego office...will have snow levels between 3500 and 4000 feet Tuesday afternoon...lowering to as low as 2000 feet late Tuesday night. Winter Storm Watch will be posted with afternoon package for la/vtu County mountains. And will highlight other low snow level impacts for other areas in upcoming Special Weather Statement. The low snow levels could bring significant impact to major traffic corridor such as Interstate 5 north of Castaic as well as Highway 14 through Soledad Canyon.

huh.

33 posted on 02/08/2010 12:08:11 PM PST by lainie (The US congress is full to the brim of absolutely disgusting thieves who deserve humiliating ouster.)
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