The City has been receiving many calls about the upcoming atmospheric river event designated to hit our community this Friday and Saturday, February 17 and 18th. Based on current available information, the City is planning to declare a Yellow Alert Level starting tomorrow, February 16th at noon in the Fish Fire Impact Area with the possibility of moving to the Red Alert Level, Friday, February 17th at 7:00 am. A key conference call will be held early afternoon Thursday, February 16th between the City and its safety partners ie: LA County Sheriff, Fire and Public Works and the National Weather Service to determine the final course of action.
At this point, the City is encouraging residents to plan for the most serious scenario, the Red Alert Level requiring mandatory evacuations and the inability to return to your home until the closure is lifted. Reminder, evacuated residents should always bring medicines and any other items they may need for a minimum 48-hour period. Additionally, Burrtec will not be servicing the Fish Fire Impact Area on Friday, February 17th, instead trash will be collected on Monday, February 20th starting at 7:00 am.
For up to date information, 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 have created an entire Fish Fire information section under the Resident tab on www.accessduarte.com. Concerned residents are also encouraged to contact Duarte City Hall at 626-357-7931 or Duarte Public Safety at 626-357-7938 for live information.