Wildfire zones become mudslide threat

Wildfire zones become mudslide threat

26 November 2008

published by www.inlandnewstoday.com

USA — In Yorba Linda, residents who dodged flames just days ago are now bracing for rain with piles of sandbags. Mudslides could be their newest enemy.

With predictions of rain, the city has been busy stockpiling sandbags to help residents protect their homes.

Public Works Director Mike Stowell surveys the scene. “What we have is 4-to-6-inches of dried out soil, pulverized with ash. It doesn’t take much rain for this to come down.”

Volunteers have arrived at many of the sandbag sites to help fill bags and load them into waiting vehicles.

Stowell said the city will be using concrete barriers to divert flows atop some of the hills.

City crews were delivering sandbags to the driveways of homes closest to where mudslides could take place. Residents who want more bags can get them free of charge at locations around the city, including Brush Canyon, Box Canyon and Bryant Ranch parks.

A full list of sandbag locations and more information about protecting property is available on the city’s Web site.

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