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La Cañada High School evacuation center is ready and waiting

December 12, 2009 |  9:41 pm

The American Red Cross set up a disaster relief center tonight in the basketball gymnasium at La Cañada High School for residents evacuated because of the rains. But even after a few hours, not a single person had shown up.

Relief workers sat on the bleachers, eating cheeseburgers and fries from a nearby fast-food restaurant. Others milled about, setting up relief stations. Cots were ready. So were nurses and food.

In major disasters, such as this summer's Station fire, evacuation centers draw crowds. But officials said they were happy to be there just in case an evacuee needs comfort. A total of 44 homes in the Station fire burn areas were evacuated today because of the threat of mudslides.

"The coffee will be here soon," said Mary Schander, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross. "We're here if people need us."

-- Robert Faturechi in La Cañada Flintridge