Official: Expect ‘unprecedented’ mudslides

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From the Glendale News-Press:

L.A. County Department of Public Works workers remove mud from a backyard on Earnslow Drive in La Canada-Flintridge on Friday, November 13, 2009. A sudden storm caused the damage. (Raul Roa/News-Press)

LA CRESCENTA — A brief storm last week that caused several mudflows and filled county debris basins within minutes could lead to unprecedented mudslide damage this winter, fire officials said Thursday.

The storm Nov. 12 that dropped just a couple inches of rain in a short period of time caused several mudflows into neighborhood streets, backyards, with rain run off damaging several homes. The damage assessment should serve as a serious warning of what could come with stronger, more prolonged winter storms, said Steve Martin, battalion chief for Los Angeles County Fire’s North Regional Operations Bureau.

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Written by Melanie Hicken

November 20, 2009 at 10:31 am

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