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Flash-flood warning for burn areas; residents advised to go to second floor of homes

December 22, 2010 | 12:04 pm

The National Weather Service has issued a flash-flood warning for La Cañada-Flintridge, La Crescenta and other areas near the Station fire burn areas.

At 11:40 a.m., weather spotters were reporting very heavy rain in the area, with a quarter of an inch falling in just 15 minutes. Rainfall of 2 inches per hour was reported in Eagle Rock.

“Latest Doppler radar indicated a line of strong thunderstorms continuing to build south of the Station burn area and moving north. This very intense rainfall should cause flash flooding and debris flows to occur over the next 90 minutes,” the weather service said.

A flash-flood warning means that flooding or debris flow are imminent or occurring. Those living in the area should move away only if it is safe to do so; otherwise, residents who have ignored evacuation orders should climb to the second floor of their homes.

Debris flows can send water, tree trunks and car-sized boulders down streets as fast as 35 mph.


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-- Ron-Gong Lin II

Photo: News photographer Walt Mancini climbs out of the muddy Mullally debris basin at the end of Manistee Drive in the hills above La Cañada-Flintridge on Wednesday morning. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times