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Sierra Madre orders mandatory evacuations

February 6, 2010 | 12:41 pm

The city of Sierra Madre has issued mandatory evacuation orders on the northern edges of the foothill city where hillsides are saturated and officials fear mudslides could occur as another band of heavy rain bears down on the San Gabriel Mountains.

The evacuation orders in Sierra Madre were in place for all streets above Churchill and Canyon Crest; all streets above Brookside and Sturtevant; all streets above Lotus Lane at Camillo; and the private sections of Auburn Avenue above Elm Street.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works said mud and debris flows are also possible in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Glendale, Sunland-Tujunga, Soledad Canyon, Acton, and Aliso Canyon. Information is available at the Department of Public Works website. 

The evacuation orders in Sierra Madre were in place for all streets above Churchill and Canyon Crest; all streets above Brookside and Sturtevant; all streets above Lotus Lane at Camillo; and the private sections of Auburn Avenue above Elm Street.

Sierra Madre has set up an evacuation center at the Community Recreation Center at 611 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., and crews were working to build a "debris deflection structure" at Brookside Lane and Woodland Drive.

--Rong-Gong Lin II reporting from Los Angeles


FULL COVERAGE OF THE MUDSLIDES

--Times photo gallery from the scene

--Interactive map of evacuations by The Times'' Rong-Gong Lin II

--The latest rain news as it happens

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