Update from the City

Posted on the City’s Facebook page about an hour ago (5:10pm).

Sierra Madre, CA. December 3, 2011 – Sierra Madre Windstorm Information – Update #9

With the recent windstorm, the City of Sierra Madre has experienced many uprooted trees, snapped branches, and tree debris throughout the City. City crews and contractors have been working to clear roads and will continue through the weekend. All roads are now passable.

Southern California Edison has managed to return power to some sections of the City. However, they are estimating another 24 to 36 hours to restore power to all areas.

Due to the County wide emergency, the 911 lines may be answered by an alternate agency, but your emergency will be handled in the appropriate manner. City Hall will close this evening at 6:00pm. After City Hall closes, for non-emergency calls, please call 626-355-1414. Only call 911 for life-threatening emergencies, downed utility lines, or damaged buildings.

All City facilities will be open on Monday, December 5th, although they may not all have power and capability to resume all services.

Property owners are responsible for all tree and vegetation debris; City staff cannot enter private property to remove tree debris. Private property owners are allowed to deposit tree debris from their property onto the side of the street through next weekend to be collected by City crews. Under no circumstances can tree debris be deposited in the streets in such a way as to create a hazard to vehicular or pedestrian traffic. If you have other non-vegetation debris, you may schedule a ‘bulky item’ pickup with Athens at (888) 336-6100. Please do not place non-vegetation debris onto the side of the street until the evening before the scheduled pickup.

Again, City staff and City volunteers would like to express their sincerest appreciation to the residents and businesses of Sierra Madre for their continued patience and efforts to assist the City and their neighbors through this event.

This is our last anticipated update for the weekend.