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Wind debris could cause flooding, officials warn

December 12, 2011 |  7:36 am

 As rains beat down on the Southland on Monday, officials warned residents to reduce the risk of flooding by clearing debris from storm drains that collected during the recent windstorm.

The National Weather Service warned that the winter storm sweeping Los Angeles County on Monday could create drainage problems in parts of the San Gabriel Valley, where many trees toppled or lost limbs in the hurricane-force winds.

The city of Pasadena issued a warning to residents about the debris, asking them to clear a path for water to reach storm drains.

Pasadena has set up drop-off sites for green debris at Eaton Blanche Park, 3100 E. Del Mar Blvd., and Robinson Park, 1081 N. Fair Oaks Ave. The sites, reserved for Pasadena residents, are open every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday. 

Other wind-damaged cities, including Temple City and Arcadia, have posted their schedules for debris removal on their websites.

The winter storm is expected to last through Tuesday, bringing snow to the mountains and rain to lower-lying areas.

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