USA — Los Angeles County crews are continuing to clean out debris basins that reloaded during the recent Southern California rainstorm. Officials say 30 basins designed to prevent mudslides and flooding in foothill areas were being cleared when the storm hit Tuesday and more mud, boulders and tree branches fell into them.
The basins are in San Gabriel Mountain areas north of downtown Los Angeles that burned in last year’s massive Station wildfire.
One of the basins filled during a storm last Saturday and sent a wall of mud and water into La Canada Flintridge that damaged 43 homes. Authorities now expect to clear that basin by Feb. 25.
A county public works cleaning schedule calls for all 30 basins to be emptied by March 15.