Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sierra Madre Issues Red Flag Alert - Mandatory Evacuations

City of Sierra Madre: Red Flag Alert 1/20/2010, 8:00AM.

Sierra Madre has made it through the first round of this week’s major storm event. There have been no reports of any injuries or major property damage. Skyland Drive has once again experienced the largest amounts of debris flows in the City.

The City would like to advise all residents that we have now issued a Red Flag Alert as a result of a Phase 2 Debris and Mudflow warning from the County of Los Angeles Public Works Department. Weather forecasts are predicting higher concentrations of rainfall in the area.

The following locations are now under a Mandatory Evacuation Order, effective noon today:

o All homes located on Skyland Drive.
o Woodland Drive between Yucca Trail and Sturtevant Drive.
o The upper and lower portions of Brookside Lane.
o Lotus Lane above the debris basin.
o The private sections of Auburn Avenue above Elm Street.

The above locations have been identified as having an increased chance of potentially heavy debris flows. Additionally, the City would like to make sure that all residents that live in the urban/wildlife interface to continue to be “set” to go at a moment’s notice and continue their emergency preparations. Additional locations for Mandatory Evacuation Orders are possible for the next 48 hours.

Additional Important Information:

o The City has opened the Community Recreation Center at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd as an evacuation location. Crated animals will be allowed.

o A debris deflection structure will be erected at the northern Brookside Lane & Woodland Drive intersection at approximately 8:00 AM. This will close northern Brookside Lane at the very top of Woodland Drive to all vehicular traffic.

o Sand and sandbags are available 24 hours a day at the City Maintenance Facility. The address is 621 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. The sand and sandbags are located north of the Sierra Vista Park tennis courts, and next to the Sierra Madre Rose Float building. Residents must fill their own bags and are advised to bring a shovel.

o Bailey Canyon Park, Mt. Wilson Trail, and Chantry Road are all closed until further notice.

The City of Sierra Madre is appreciative of the diligent preparations and friendly cooperation that its residents have demonstrated through all of our recent emergencies.

For updates and future emergency information, please be sure to monitor the City’s Communication tools:

City Website (
SMTV3, (channel 3 on Time Warner Cable)
Sierra Madre Emergency Blog (
Email Alerts “eBlasts” - To register for email alerts please visit, click on AccessSierraMadre, and then click CommunicationLink to register your email address.