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Locals Prepare for Storms, Floods as Rain Increases

Storms swept through the Santa Clarita Valley Tuesday causing some flooding and mudslides in areas that were scorched by the Calgrove Fire last June.

About $1 million was spent on the installation of temporary post-fire debris relief measures in the Calgrove burn area over the past few months. This included $800,000 for installation and $200,000 for design, permits, construction administration, inspection and other county services, according to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors agenda from August.

“They’ve built heavy rock channels and heavy culverts where they know debris is likely to pass through. There has been significant construction done by public works to channel water and increase capacity and let it flow through as smoothly as possible given the circumstances,” said Steven Frasher, public information officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

Residents and public works crews were also on hand near Haskell Vista Road in an attempt to keep damages to a minimum during the storms.

“A big thank you to the city storm water guys who helped me put up the storm barricades on Haskell Vista this morning. So far they are doing the job,” said resident, Don Cruikshank on his Facebook page.

Though storm crews were able to contain most of the flooding, some residents did state there was some water running through backyards near Haskell Vista Road and Wildwood Canyon.

“By and large, things have worked pretty much as expected given the storm. Crews are on the scene to deal with anything plugging up drains,” said Frasher.

Mudslides at Crescent Valley Mobile Estates prompted officials with the L.A. County Department of Public Works to remind two or three residents of the park that if weather got too bad, they might want to evacuate voluntarily.

“It is a standard advisory to residents in the path of waterflow through the park for when weather is in the way, you might evacuate,” said Frasher. “It is not an order.”

The park on The Old Road, which houses about 87 mobile homes, is at the bottom of a mountain that was scorched over the summer during the Calgrove Fire.

The fire burned over 400 acres in June 2015.

Storms are expected to continue to hit the Santa Clarita Valley throughout the week with a weather advisory until Thursday at 4 a.m.

Residents who live in or near the Calgrove Fire burn area can find information regarding evacuations during storms on the city of Santa Clarita’s Ready for Rain website.

(c) 2016 SCVTV
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