Skip to comments.CA: Evacuations continue as officials scramble to clear debris basins ( Los Angeles )
Posted on 02/06/2010 9:12:45 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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Some news on the damage....another storm due Tuesday.
I blame Tony Villar
Well, neither this storm or Tiger Woods being AWOL seemed to be able to stop that golf tournament today...
I’m with Al.. it’s Mayor Teeth’s fault
That looks bad.
It’s fine with me....It would have been better not to have had the fire too.
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.
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.
how are you doing?
I’m fine , I am many miles away from the mountains,...I am near the Beach....you know.,..LOL!
Wonder how they pulled that off...it was wet down here.
Nite all,...this cold is getting to me...YUK!
Boy, I do like your tag line.
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.
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.
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)
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.
And were much heavier than forecast.
Next storm in soCal——Tuesday
LA Times on Friday:
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.
Residents and officials were assessing the damage this morning after mudslides damaged 43 homes in the foothills hit by the Station fire.
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...
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
Incredible , markman!
Those hills will be in for more if we get another downpour like this weekend.
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..
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.
Sunshine this morning and it was very nice and sunny yesterday....but the next storm is due late tomorrow,..