Saturday, February 6, 2010

Red Flag Alert and Mandatory Evacuations Issued

Red Flag Mud Alert Issued

The City of Sierra Madre issued a Red Flag Mud Alert for Sierra Madre residences in potential mud flow areas. The Los Angels County Public Works Department issued a Phase 2 Mud Alert. A Phase 2 Alert indicates moderate debris and mudflows at widespread locations. Phase 3 – the potential exists for significant debris and mudflows to be widespread. Mandatory evacuations are in place.

The following locations are now under a Mandatory Evacuation Order and the streets are closed to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic:

- All streets above Churchill and Canyon Crest
- All streets above Brookside and Sturtevant
- All streets above Lotus Lane at Camillo
- The private sections of Auburn Avenue above Elm Street.

Additional Important Information:

- An evacuations center has been set up at the Community Recreation Center, 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

- A debris deflection structure will be erected at the northern Brookside Lane & Woodland Drive intersection by 1:00 PM.

- 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.

- 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)

Email Alerts “eBlasts” - To register for email alerts please visit, click on AccessSierraMadre, and then click CommunicationLink to register your email address

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