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Storm Advisory for Duarte Affecting Fish Fire Impact Area November 20 – 21st

Widespread rainfall, and heavy downpours could occur during this event, which could result in the first significant mud and debris flows near the recent burn areas.


The National Weather Service has advised that a storm system may impact the San Gabriel Valley area including Duarte. Although the timing could change, the heaviest rainfall is expected between 10 pm and 2:00 am this evening Sunday, November 20, 2016 through the early morning hours of Monday, November 21st. Widespread rainfall, and heavy downpours could occur during this event, which could result in the first significant mud and debris flows near the recent burn areas.

 

Ten homes in the Fish Fire Impact area will be under mandatory evacuation orders and are being alerted by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.   If needed, the City, in concert with the Red Cross will also be opening the Duarte Community Center as an Evacuation Center to accommodate these residents. The balance of the Impact Area will remain at the Green Alert level not subject to any type of restriction.

 

To prepare for the storm, the City is opening its Emergency Operation Center at the monitoring mode level and deploying additional staff into the field within the Fish Fire Impact Area. Concerned residents are encouraged to contact Temple Station at 626-285-7171 for information.

 

Filled sandbags primarily for residents in the Fish Fire Impact area will be available starting at 5:00 pm on November 21st at the corner of Opal Canyon and Brookridge Road. Unfilled sandbags and sand are also 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.

 

During the normal City Hall hours (Monday through Thursday, 7:30 am to 6:00 pm) the City of Duarte will provide up to 50 emergency sandbags for property owners and residents in the impacted areas. 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 your sandbags. City staff will contact all property owners to coordinate orders and will deliver sandbags to the general area.

 

With the rainy season upon us, the City of Duarte also 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.

 

The following emergency protocols have been adopted by the City for possible flooding/debris flow events:

 

GREEN LEVEL

No evacuation orders in effect.

No rain-related parking restrictions in effect.

Residents are encouraged to monitor weather conditions and to be alert of changes.

No restricted entry to any city/county areas.

 

YELLOW LEVEL

No evacuation orders in effect.

Rain-related parking restrictions in effect.

Residents directed to remove vehicles, trash bins and other obstructions from streets and/or travel lanes, as they will be subject to tow or removal by authorities.

No restricted entry to impact area/potentially impacted areas.

 

RED LEVEL

  • Mandatory evacuation order in effect. All residents ordered to leave the impacted and/or potentially impacted areas.
  • Residents directed to remove vehicles, trash bins, and other obstructions from the streets and/or travel lanes prior to evacuating, as they will be subject to tow or removal by authorities.
  • Residents will be directed to an Evacuation Center at the Duarte City Hall Community Center located at 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA 91010
  • Residents electing not to evacuate will be required to sign a Refusal to Evacuate Form, acknowledging their awareness of the hazards/risks and assuming all liability for the decision to remain and shelter in place. If you leave the area, you will not be allowed to return.
  • Entry into the area shall be prohibited to all persons except public safety, first responders.
  • Residents will not be allowed to return to their homes so long as the “Red Level” protocol remains in effect.
  • If you feel conditions are unsafe to evacuate, move to the highest safe place in your residence and shelter in place.