Mudflow worries as rain heads to SoCal

Mudflow worries as rain heads to SoCal

24 December 2008

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USA — A new storm heading into Southern California has renewed concerns about possible mudflows from slopes burned bare by this year’s wildfires.

Northeast of Los Angeles, the city of Sierra Madre issued a “red flag alert” on Wednesday for possible debris and mudflows in areas left vulnerable by an April blaze on the steep slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains above the town.

The city has recommended voluntary evacuations in those areas.

In Santa Barbara County, flash flood watches have been issued for areas burned by a November wildfire in the city of Santa Barbara and adjacent Montecito. Residents have been told to be prepared to leave in event of a flood emergency.

Flash flood watches have also been posted for burn areas of Orange and Riverside counties.

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