Cost to clean LA County debris basins put at $30m

Cost to clean LA County debris basins put at $30m

23 February 2010

published by www.mercurynews.com


USA —  Los Angeles County officials say it will cost up to $30 million to clean out debris basins that helped protect foothill neighborhoods from mudslides during recent winter storms.

County Supervisor Michael Antonovich said Tuesday that an estimated 1 million cubic yards of mud, boulders and timber must be removed from the basins—and soon, before more rain comes.

The Board of Supervisors then voted to waive fees and tonnage limits at a local landfill for 90 days to accommodate the need.

Storms a few weeks ago filled many basins in areas of the San Gabriel Mountains north of Los Angeles that burned in last year’s massive Station wildfire.

One undersized basin overflowed, causing mud damage to 43 homes in the foothill town of La Canada Flintridge.


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