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Fish Fire Impact Area Storm Update; City of Duarte Moves to Green Alert Level; All Road Closures Lifted; Minor Clean Up will Start Again 12/26

The City of Duarte has moved to Green Alert Level and all road closures have been lifted following a mud and debris flow that occurred overnight on December 23rd through early morning through December 24th. The approximate 650 cubic yards of mud and debris was located primarily at the intersection of Melcanyon and Deerlane.

 

The City of Duarte Public Works Department mobilized the contractor this morning at approximately 7:30 am to clear roadway and driveway access at Melcanyon from Opal Canyon to Brookridge which was completed by early afternoon. After the storm, Melcanyon from Brookridge to Opal Canyon was closed to thru traffic. All other City roadways were clear.

 

The Duarte Emergency Operation Center is now closed, but remained open until crews stopped working for the day. Minor street and right of way cleaning will commence again on Monday, December 26th following the Christmas Holiday.

 

The City of Duarte always encourages residents in the Fish Fire Impact area to prepare BEFORE the storm. Unfilled sandbags and sand are available at the Los Angeles County Fire Station Department 44, located at 1105 Highland Avenue in the rear area 24/7.

 

Up to date Information: The City strongly advises all residents to sign up for FREE Duarte Nixle alerts. For text alerts, simply text “DUARTE” to 888777. For email alerts, visit www.nixle.com. The City of Duarte will also use Twitter @CityofDuarte to send out emergency information. Information about the Fish Fire is available at www.accessduarte.com under the “Resident” tab.

 

The following emergency protocols were adopted in October of 2016 by the City Council 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 be alert of changes.

-No restricted entry to any city/county areas.

 

YELLOW LEVEL

-Intermittent street closures may occur to facilitate clean up.

-Residents are encouraged to move a vehicle outside of the impact area, in case of street closures.

-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.  

 

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 place.

-If you feel conditions are unsafe to evacuate, move to the highest place in your residence and shelter in place.