Based on updates from the National Weather service, the City of Duarte has lifted mandatory evacuation orders, closed its Evacuation Center and is in the process of demobilizing its Emergency Operations Center. Since Wednesday, October 26th, the City has been confering with experts including the National Weather (NWS) Service. Prior to this time, the NWS was advising that a storm would impact Duarte beginning Friday, October 28th resulting in up to an inch and ½ of rainfall predicted sometime between 6:00 AM and Noon. Ten homes in the Fish Fire Impact area would be under mandatory evacuation orders however, the balance of the Impact Area will remain at the Green Alert level not subject to any type of restriction.
The City of Duarte has adopted a three stage alert system based on the colors of green, yellow and red. Residents are encouraged to monitor weather conditions to be alert of sudden changes to the City’s alert level. For timely update, the City of Duarte strongly encourages all residents to sign up for Duarte Nixle alerts via email or text. Residents may sign up at http://local.nixle.com/city-of-duarte/. The City of Duarte will also use Twitter @CityofDuarte to push out emergency related information and an entire Fish Fire information section is also available under the Resident tab on www.accessduarte.com.
This type of rainfall, with the possibility of thunderstorms and heavy downpours could result in potential mud and debris flows near the recent Fish Fire burn areas. Residents in the Impact Area are urged to prepare their homes for this potential debris flow AND assess their property for proper sand bag needs. The City of Duarte will provide up to 50 emergency sandbags for property owners and residents in the impacted areas. For this weekend, City staff has delivered pre-filled sandbags to the north side of Brookridge Lane at Opal Canyon for local resident’s convenience.
Specifically, residents of Brookridge Rd.; Mel Canyon Rd.; Opal Canyon Rd.; Mountain Crest Rd.; Deerlane Dr.; Bettyhill Ave.; and Greenbank Ave. as well as certain properties on Las Lomas Rd. and Cedarwood Ave. Please contact the City’s Community Development Department at 626-357-7931 to request sandbags during normal business hours Monday through Thursday from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.
Free, unfilled sandbags and sand are available at the Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 44, located at 1105 Highland Avenue in the rear area 24/7. Residents are advised to be prepared with the proper equipment to fill and transport filled sandbags to their respective private property.
For additional information, the City's Public Safety Office is open today, Friday, October 28th and tomorrow the 29th from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm and can be reached at 626-357-7938.