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LCF infrastructure holds fast after 7.55 inches of rain fall in less than a week

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This latest series of storms in Southern California dropped 7.5 inches in less than a week in La Cañada. The city has received a total of 20.36 inches of rainfall since Oct. 1.
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After a series of storms began Thursday night, dropping more than 7.5 inches of rain onto La Cañada Flintridge in less than one week, officials have confirmed the city’s infrastructure has been holding and report only minimal damage.

Public Works Director Pat DeChellis said a catch basin on Chevy Chase Drive near Highland Drive clogged temporarily but was quickly cleared. A Southern California Edison crew responded to a transformer explosion on Earlmont Avenue Saturday, on which 3.34 inches of rain fell, and flooding was observed on Georgian Road, requiring a drain to be cleared.

Two downed trees, on Gould Avenue near Paulette Place and on Alta Canyada Road, were also cleared away, as was a fallen branch on Stardust Road.

Sandbags were employed on Descanso Drive Sunday to stop flooding reported by a resident, and a private tree was cleared on St. Katherine Drive, DeChellis said. A blocked culvert on Inverness Road required a temporary road closure while the water was drained off, and two fallen private trees were cleared on Palm Drive and Ocean View Boulevard.


On Monday, flooding was discovered near the Padres Trail at Encinas Drive, but DeChellis said the matter was determined private, as it pertained to inadequate drainage in the backyard of a nearby home.

Since Oct. 1, the city has experienced 20.36 inches of rainfall, according to measurements taken at La Cañada’s Descanso Gardens.

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