Residents are encouraged to attend an upcoming community meeting “Post Fire Disaster Preparedness” on Tuesday, September 6th at 7 pm at Valley View Elementary School Cafeteria, 237 Melcanyon Road. The City is conducting the meeting for both residents and property owners that are at risk of being impacted from the Fish Fire mud and debris flow from upcoming storms. With the recent damage to Duarte’s hillsides, the City must prepare for severe flooding and debris flow problems on public roadways that can arise during and after each rain possibly for the next five years. The US Geological Services in collaboration with the Angeles National Forest and Los Angeles County Water Resources Division are currently assessing the area burned and generating mud and debris flow modeling. The U.S. Geological Survey has created an interactive map of the San Gabriel Complex Fire. With the assistance of Debris Flow maps generated by Los Angeles County Flood Control District, properties with the highest risk of being impacted by flooding/debris flows from rainfall due to the loss of vegetation in the foothills have been identified. The potential areas of impact are located above Fish Canyon Road, Markwood St. and the Mesa area. Residents in the areas of Westvale Road and Sunnydale Avenue will be impacted by Los Angeles County Public Works storing debris in the nearby basins. Representatives from the following agencies will be present and provide valuable preparedness information to community members: Los Angeles County Fire, Los Angeles County Public Works, Los Angeles County Sheriff, and Duarte Public Safety. These collaborating agencies will provide expert information about the steps individuals and families need to take in order to prepare for the rainy season in light of the recent Fish Fire.
Additionally, City staff will also present emergency steps the City will implement including its impact on various neighborhoods; especially those near fire areas. The cooperation of all persons working or living within the designated Fish Fire is critical to the City’s primary goal of protecting life and property.
Refreshments will be provided. For additional information please contact the Duarte Public Safety office at (626) 357-7938.
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