The city of Monrovia issued mandatory evacuation orders for about 200 homes Friday over fears that mud and debris flows could wipe out property.
The evacuation orders were issued about 9:30 a.m. when the National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning, city spokeswoman Alexis Bakofsky said. The orders are in place for the following streets:
- Highland Place north of Hillcrest Boulevard
- Scenic Drive
- Lotone Street
- Heather Heights north of Scenic Drive
- Avocado Place
- 600 block of Hillcrest Boulevard
- 900 block of Crescent Drive
Bakofsky stressed that the evacuations are mandatory and said police personnel were knocking on doors Friday afternoon.
Officials are hoping the evacuation zone will remain “as is,” Bakofsky said.
Weather forecasters said the flash flood warning for the area is expected to be lifted by 2 p.m.
The city is particularly concerned about homes on Highland Place, which abut the hillsides that where charred by a wildfire last year. The brush fire in April 2013 forced the evacuation of about 200 homes.
Those hillsides could turn to mud and begin to slide, Bakofsky said, “and the homes are very close.”
Residents who do not wish to evacuate are being asked to sign a waiver and inform police personnel of their next of kin, officials said.
Up to 1,000 homes in the section affected by the burn area in Azusa and Glendora are under a mandatory evacuation order amid fears that mud and debris could inundate their homes. The Glendora Police Department urged residents to leave, warning that they faced “injury and/or death.”
Meteorologists say the two-day forecast calls for the heaviest downpour across Central and Southern California on Friday afternoon before the system reboots again and continues through the weekend.
Between Friday and Saturday night, weather officials expect two to four inches of rain to fall on the coasts and valleys and four to eight inches in the foothills and mountains.
The weather system is dropping more rain on L.A. in one event than it has seen in at least three years.
After the strong rains Friday afternoon, there will be a lull and "the last piece of the puzzle," the low center of the system, is predicted to come onshore for another bout of precipitation on Saturday and into early Sunday morning.