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As storm approaches Southern California, evacuations ordered for L.A. hillsides

February 9, 2010 |  7:58 am

Foothill areas north of Los Angeles are under a flash flood watch as another winter storm approaches, threatening burn areas with more mudslides and prompting mandatory evacuations for hundreds of homes.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to drop between 1/3 of an inch to 2 inches of rain starting Tuesday afternoon through Tuesday night, said forecasters with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. Though the storm will be patchy and "showery," forecasters said it could dump more than a half-inch of rain an hour in some areas.

Los Angeles County authorities issued mandatory evacuation orders Monday night for more than 500 residences in mudslide-prone areas in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta and Acton. Sheriff's deputies are ordering residents to leave their homes by 10 a.m. Tuesday

A complete list of all addresses to be evacuated can be found on the Web page of the county Department of Public Works.

Evacuation centers will be set up at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 2411 Montrose Ave., Montrose, and the Acton Community Center at 3748 Nickels Ave. in Acton, authorities said.

Crews are working to clear debris basins that filled up during the storm Saturday, when mud flows damaged more than 40 homes.

Some residents in La Cañada Flintridge have questioned whether the county's emergency notification system worked properly

--Tony Barboza and Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Several homes were red-tagged on Manistee Drive in La Cañada Flintridge after weekend mudslides.  Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times.

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