Recent City and County Alerts at a Glance - Click on link or scroll further down the page for details
12/13/09 - Part of Skyland Remains Closed, 9am
12/13/09 - LACDPW Ends Phase I Watch, 7:05am
12/12/09 - City Announces Yellow Flag Status, 9:03am
12/12/09 - City Upgrades to Yellow Flag, 8:34am
12/12/09 - LACDPW Issues Phase 1 Alert, 7:57am
12/6/09 - LACDPW Extends Phase 1
12/5/09 - LACDPW Upgrades to Phase 1
MT. WILSON TRAIL CLOSURE –due to a large rock slide, Mt. Wilson Trail will be closed until further notice. The heavy rains have caused a large amount of large rocks & debris to block the trail making it very unstable and unsafe for hikers. The damage will take some time to clear and at this time it is unknown when the trail will re-open. Residents and visitors are not permitted on the trail. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your cooperation. Violators will be cited SMMC 9.24.090.
For updated information, please look on the City’s websitewww.cityofsierramadre.com or contact the Community & Personnel Services Department at (626) 355-5278.
Part of Skyland Drive, right where it goes from East/West to South, at or about the 800 block, remains closed due to mud in the road. Here's some pics taken at 9:18 this morning. Click to enlarge.
The City of Sierra Madre has rescinded the Yellow Flag alert and is now at a "no flag alert" situation. The Los Angeles County of Public Works has posted a message early this morning that their debris and mudflow potential forecast is not warranted at this time. Crews are working to clean up the mud that has been deposited on city streets.
The City would like to thank everyone for their diligent preparations.
LACDPW has announced at 6:49am that “WATER RESOURCES DIVISION HAS DETERMINED THAT A DEBRIS AND MUDFLOW POTENTIAL FORECAST IS NOT WARRANTED AT THIS TIME.” In other words, Phase I alert for Sierra Madre has ended. This should also result in the City announcing shortly that Yellow Flag alert has ended. Here's the announcement.
The following observations were posted real time via mobile phone on my blog, http://sierramadrenewsnet.blogspot.com. As much as possible, I'll be posting to the blog real time as I'm driving around, then re-posting here. If there's something in parentheses, that's been added as I'm posting here. The photo of Skyland is being posted for the first time now. In the future, I'll be posting photos from the field, but only during the day. My iPhone just doesn't have the capability to take night pictures.
9:10pm - Auburn debris basin looks good. LACDPW truck driving up as I left.
9:18pm - 1 Carter and 1 Carter east all clear. Truck pulling out from behind closed gates at top of Baldwin as I went by so somebody is monitoring it.
9:33pm - Mud on Skyland pretty much stops at Idlehour.
9:41pm - Woodland, Alta Vista and Yucca Trail all clear. LACDPW truck coming down Woodland as I we(n)t up.
9:52pm - Camillo, Lotus and Sunrise Hill all clear. LACDPW coming down as I went up again. They're all over. (probably the same truck at most if not all these locations).
10:06pm - Went up Stonehouse by search and rescue. Dead end looks like potential for mud but the street is clear as of now. LACDPW is here too.
The City of Sierra Madre has issued a Yellow Flag Alert effective immediately. The County of Los Angeles Public Works Department has issued a Phase 1 Mudflow forecast as of 8:00 AM, Saturday, December 12, 2009.
A Phase 1 indicates that small isolated debris and mudflows are possible at specific locations. Streets may once again be flooded or blocked by debris. Woodland Drive, Skyland Drive, and other streets may be closed due to blockage and cleanup efforts throughout the day and night.
Parking restrictions are in effect in the Upper and Lower Canyon during Yellow or Red Flag alerts. Vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense.
The affected streets are: Mount Wilson Trail, Churchill Rd., Skyland Dr., Fern Glen, Fern Dr., Idlehour Ln., Canyon Crest Dr., Orange Dr., Woodland Dr., Brookside Lane, Sunnyside Lane, Yucca Trail, Sturtevant Dr., Elm Ave., and Holly Trail.
Residents in the affected areas are urged to be "set" to leave at a moments notice and may choose to voluntarily evacuate.
The City has upgraded to Yellow Flag. Expect an announcement on SMTV3, E-blast and City Emergency blog shortly. Will post it here when it is received.
LACDPW has issued a Phase I alert for emergency personnel to watch for mudflow and debris, from 4pm Saturday, 12/14 through 4pm Sunday, 12/15. Click here to view the announcement from LACDPW. Phase I = Small isolated debris and mudflows possible at specific locations. Streets may be flooded or blocked by debris. Reports of debris on private property may be received. Few, if any, structures may be endangered.
LACDPW is continuing its Phase I alert for emergency personnel to watch for mudflow and debris, from 4am Monday, 12/7 through 4am Tuesday, 12/8. Click here to view the announcement from LACDPW. A Phase I alert is generally followed by the City upgrading to at least a Green Flag alert, and it is anticipated that the City will, as 4am 12/7 approaches, upgrade to at least Green Flag status.
Excerpt from announcement: It is recommended that emergency response entities monitor the following areas for potential mudflow deposition on: Auburn Avenue east of Auburn Debris Basin; the development under construction north of Carter Avenue; Carter Avenue between the development and Mira Monte Avenue; Mt. Wilson Trail near Mira Monte Avenue; Churchill Road near Skyland Drive; Skyland Drive; streets below Sierra Madre Debris Dam (Sumac Trail, Brookside Lane, Woodland Drive); Yucca Trail; Lotus Lane, above Camillo Street and Sturtevant Debris Basin; Sunrise Hill Lane; Santa Anita Canyon Road above Lannan Debris Basin.
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