Los Angeles County Public Works has now upgraded their alert to a Phase 1 Debris Flow Forecast. The National Weather Service had advised the City this morning that a fast moving storm system is predicted to move through Duarte that may generate periods of heavy rain starting the afternoon of December 31st through the evening. Rainfall rates may reach levels that could trigger mud or debris flows in the Fish Fire Impact Area. In response to this information, the City of Duarte’s Fish Fire Impact Area moved to the Yellow Alert level earlier today. Residents are to contact Temple Sheriff’s Station for emergency and non-emergency requests at 626-285-7171.
In response to the new information, the City of Duarte’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) went into operation Saturday, December 31st and will close at approximately 1:00 am on January 1, 2017 once assessments have been made. If necessary, it will remain open longer to facilitate clean up efforts. Due to the holiday weekend, Duarte Transit will not be in operation either citywide or in the Fish Fires Impact Area today or Monday. No street closures are anticipated at this time.
In preparation for this occurrence, the City of Duarte Public Safety Department went door to door this morning to alert affected residents. Additionally, Los Angeles County Fire, Sheriff’s and Public Works Departments have placed additional staffing in vulnerable neighborhoods located in the Fish Fire Impact Area.
During the Yellow Level residents are advised to plan ahead and follow the below protocols:
In the event of minor debris, the City’s Public Works Department will work through the weekend to clear the streets to facilitate local access and emergency vehicles. A more in depth clean up, facilitated by the City’s contractor Sully Miller, consisting of brooming and street sweeping will continue into next week.
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.