Sunday, February 15, 2009

Red Flag Mud Alert

The City of Sierra Madre has issued a Red Flag Mud Alert for Sierra Madre residences in potential mud flow areas. LA County Department of Public Works has issued a Phase 2 mud flow alert - defined as moderate debris and mudflows at more widespread locations.

Heavy rainfall is predicted to begin around 4 a.m. Monday, February 16 and continuing throughout the day. The predicted storm total is over 2 inches of rain.

It is recommended that residents in the following areas prepare 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.

Affected residents should prepare to leave their homes and mandatory evacuations may take place. Please note that all vehicles must be off the streets in potential mudflow areas during Red Flag alerts. Over night parking restrictions are lifted throughout the City during Mud Flag Alerts.

Voluntary evacuations are recommended for mud flow areas. There will be no evacuation center opened until such a time as evacuations become mandatory.

Additional information on how to protect your home can be found on the City’s website,