New storm triggers evacuations across Southern California
L.A. firefighters oversee drainage of a pool in the yard of a Hollywood Hills home. The pool was compromised as soil shifted during the recent rains.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Sunlight breaks through storm clouds in Manhattan Beach.(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
Firefighters inspect a home being built on Stanley Avenue in the Hollywood Hills. Amid the rain, soil shifted, and several workers and some nearby residents were evacuated.(Gary Coronado / Los Angeles Times)
Jeff Crawford, left, a supervisor with the Riverside County Transportation Department, surveys debris flowing from Horsethief Canyon, a Holy fire burn area, on Jan. 17. The debris flowed over a section of Temescal Canyon Road, which was closed.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Workers with the city of Malibu clear debris from Clover Heights Avenue near the intersection of Harvester Road on Jan. 16.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Heavy machinery is used Jan. 17 to remove debris flowing from Horsethief Canyon in Riverside County.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
With barricades positioned in the street to direct the flow of potential mudslides, a Riverside County sheriff’s deputy keeps watch amid rain in the McVicker Park area of Lake Elsinore.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Elmer Cruz of North Hills uses his umbrella to add an extra layer of protection from the rain while watching an Australian Open tennis match on his mobile device at a Lake Balboa park.(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
The January storm meant umbrellas on Hollywood Boulevard.(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)
A pedestrian is framed by a mural on Washington Boulevard in Culver City.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Pedestrians make their way through Old Town Pasadena as a week of wet weather continues.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
L.A. Department of Building and Safety workers examine a mudslide that damaged a house and a guest house on Boris Drive in Encino.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Will Reid, from Torrance Beach, rides a wave at Zuma Beach in Malibu.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Will Reid, from Torrance Beach, walks out of the water with a broken board after surfing at Zuma Beach in Malibu.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Sean Tabibian takes cellphone photos of a mudslide across the street from his home on Martson Drive in Encino. The mudslide damaged a house and guest house down below along Boris Drive.(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Sheriff’s Deputies Ryan Singer, left, and Miguel Herrera walk through Paradise Cove mobile home park in Malibu alerting residents of mandatory evacuations in the Woolsey fire burn areas.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Daniel Lazar, a resident of the Paradise Cove community in Malibu, signs a form for Deputies Ryan Singer, right, and Miguel Herrera, acknowledging that he was disobeying evacuation orders at his own risk.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Deputies Ryan Singer, right, and Miguel Herrera go door to door in Paradise Cove alerting residents of mandatory evacuations.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Sheriff’s Deputy Miguel Herrera knocks on a door in Paradise Cove in Malibu to alert residents of mandatory evacuations.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
A crew works to clear a small mudslide on Pacific Coast Highway near Leo Carrillo Beach in Malibu.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Pedestrians hoist umbrellas against the rain on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A woman huddles under an umbrella as she walks in the rain in Los Angeles.(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Authorities in several Southern California communities issued evacuation orders Tuesday as a new round of rain soaked the region, causing minor roadway floods and downed trees.
The third in a series of storms triggered the mandatory evacuation of about 300 homes nestled in the steep Malibu canyons amid the Woolsey fire burn area, but didn’t bring as much rain as expected.
“We didn’t get as much rain today as we thought we would,” said Kathy Hoxsie, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard. “The evacuations were for today’s storm that didn’t pan out.”
Although the Malibu evacuation order was in place overnight, authorities said they would reassess the forecast early Wednesday.
Weather officials said the rain would pick back up during rush hour Wednesday morning, with heavier bands coming in by the afternoon. But the heaviest rain is expected from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, when a wide swath of Los Angeles County could see between 1.5 and 3 inches of rain, with potentially higher amounts in the mountains, Hoxsie said.
“At this point, we’re thinking it’s going to be below the threshold for having mud and debris flow,” Hoxsie said. That’s because the rainfall will be slow and steady, not a deluge.
On Tuesday, at a low-lying part of the Paradise Cove Mobile Home Park in Malibu, near where Ramirez Canyon Creek dumps into the Pacific Ocean, a small platoon of deputies with clipboards pounded on doors, presenting forms to residents who would not leave.
“I don’t like hearing those rain accounts for the next 48 hours. But I have lived here since 1971, and there has been a lot of rain over the years,” said resident Julie Sturgess after signing the declaration she wouldn’t evacuate.
Sturgess said the nearby creek had been improved over the years to include concrete elements. She said she heard debris start to come down the creek but was not planning to leave.
Chris Frost, a veteran firefighter and longtime Paradise Cove resident who serves on the city’s Public Safety Commission, said the rain will test the city’s limits when it comes to handling mud and debris.
Most people will get out of the area if the creek crests, Frost said, adding that Ramirez Canyon is dangerous because debris flows could block roads and prevent residents from leaving.
“Those folks should get out now,” he said.
Schools were closed Tuesday and scheduled to be closed Wednesday in Malibu because of the rains, and the city opened its emergency operations center at 6 a.m. Evacuation centers were opened at Santa Monica High School’s south gym and the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, and shelters for large animals opened at Hansen Dam Equestrian Center and Pierce College.
The weather service issued a flood advisory for western Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Tuesday night. A flash-flood watch was issued for recent burn areas of the Woolsey, Hill, Thomas and Whittier fires for the same time.
In Burbank, officials issued a mandatory evacuation notice for homes along Country Club Drive above Via Montana beginning at noon Tuesday. The notice was changed to voluntary about 9 p.m.
Farther north, in Santa Clarita, Six Flags Magic Mountain closed for the day, blaming inclement weather.
In Ventura County, school officials said four schools were closed because of heavy rain: Ventura High School, Cabrillo Middle School, De Anza Academy of Technology and the Arts Middle School, and Loma Vista Elementary School.
Ventura County officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for the entire Bell Canyon community at the eastern end of the county as well as specific homes in the Oak Park neighborhood, unincorporated areas near Thousand Oaks and the Sage Mountain Senior Living Facility near Newbury Park.
Evacuations also were ordered for homes east of Highway 33 near Casitas Springs as well as along Matilija Road and Highway 33 near the Wheeler Springs area north of Ojai.
Although Monday’s storm closed a portion of Pacific Coast Highway and a section of the 5 Freeway known as the Grapevine — both of which reopened later in the day — few major roads were affected Tuesday. But a 29-mile stretch of Angeles Crest Highway in the Angeles National Forest was closed because of snow.
The storm was bringing plenty of snow to the state, with the potential for dangerous mountain conditions. The Sierra Avalanche Center issued an avalanche watch for the Central Sierra Nevada, including the Tahoe Basin. Avalanche danger is expected to rise to high following a forecast of heavy snow and wind through Friday morning.
In Northern California, forecasters issued a flood watch for Butte County, including the Camp fire burn area, that will take effect Wednesday afternoon. An evacuation warning was to be in effect for the community of Pulga from 10 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday, the Butte County Sheriff’s Office said.
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