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More rain forecast, renewing concern over mudslides, flooding in burn areas [Updated]

December 2, 2009 |  6:58 am

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Wet weather is expected to return to the Los Angeles area over the next few days, bringing with it concerns about flooding and mudslides in areas burned by the Station fire.

The National Weather Service issued a special advisory this morning, saying drizzle is possible in the foothills today. Rain is expected Sunday through Tuesday.

[Updated at 8:49 a.m.: A low-pressure system carrying the potential for rain is expected to move into the Los Angeles area Sunday morning, said Stuart Seto, a specialist for the National Weather Service in Oxnard. There will be a 20% chance of rain Sunday, a 30% chance Monday and a 20% chance Tuesday. Seto said light rain is expected but he is uncertain about the overall level of intensity.]

It remains unclear how much rain the Los Angeles area will get over the weekend. Officials in the burn areas around Angeles National Forest are most concerned about sudden bursts of heavy rain, which can cause mud flows. Authorities have said the danger for mudslides is extreme in neighborhoods directly below areas that burned in the Station fire.

Last month, relatively modest "micro-bursts" of rain sent mud and water flowing down some streets, raising concerns about what a bigger storm could produce.

--Shelby Grad

Photo: Gary and Diane Stibal look out from their home in La Canada Flintridge to survey a mud and debris flow that filled their backyard in November. Credit Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

How mudslides form after a fire

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