Concrete barriers coming down in La Crescenta

They weren’t the most flattering addition to the neighborhood, and three years after the devastating Station fire the foothills of La Crescenta are bidding farewell to nearly half a mile of concrete barriers installed to guard against mudslides.

The K-rails, as they’re known, were put in place in La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge immediately after the fire burned more than 160,000 acres, incinerating trees and shrubbery on hillsides that typically kept mud from spilling into homes below during heavy rains.

Barriers in La Cañada Flintridge will stay put for at least for another year.

While some neighbors complained about the barriers, calling them eyesores that limited parking and drove down property values, others counted on them for protection. Some even decorated them with Halloween ornaments and Christmas lights.

“Now that the forest has had a few years to regenerate, we’ve determined the risk has diminished enough to take the K-rail out,” said Bob Spencer, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

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-- Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times

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