Areas Closed for Public Safety During Winter Storms
With the predicted heavy rain in a series of winter storms, Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument officials have closed multiple recreation areas to ensure public safety.
Rowher Flats and Drinkwater Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) areas are closed. The South Fork, Big Rock, Gould Mesa, and Coldbrook campgrounds along with the Bridge to Nowhere Trail are closed until the storms pass.
Additional closures may be implemented at any time based on storm impacts. Staff will assess the conditions following the storms and decide then whether these areas can be reopened for weekend use.
For additional information about forest closures visit www.fs.usda.gov/angeles/.
LA County Dept. of Public Works and Caltrans officials have closed the following roads: Lake Hughes Road 10 miles south of Elizabeth Lake Road to Newvale Drive, Glendora Ridge Road from Mt. Baldy Road to Glendora Mountain Road, Highway 2 from Islip Saddle, Route 39 to five miles west of Big Pines Highway.
Please check the latest road and weather conditions before traveling into the forest.
For up-to-date road conditions use the Caltrans QuickMap (http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/); for L.A. County Dept. Public Works go to http://dpw.lacounty.gov/roadclosures/. For weather conditions visit http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDLOX&wfo=LOX.
Restoration Day at Rosemont Preserve
The Rosemont Preserve is having its regular restoration day on Saturday, Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Rain would cancel the event.
If it doesn’t rain, the good news is moist soil makes it much easier to pull out invasive plants! Volunteers will be doing some weed pulling around the outdoor classroom as well as some trail maintenance depending upon how much damage recent storms caused.
The Preserve is located in La Crescenta at the north end of Rosemont Avenue, just past the chain link fence. Parking is available at Two Strike Park, 5017 Rosemont Ave.
Those who plan to attend should wear sturdy shoes, comfortable work clothes and garden gloves (long pants and sleeves are recommended). Those who have any of the following tools, please consider bringing them: shovels, spades, loppers, hatchets, clippers. Other tools and equipment will be available. Reminder that rain cancels.
GWP Ranked Among Most Reliable Utilities
PA Consulting Group recently ranked Glendale Water and Power (GWP) as one of the most reliable utilities in the nation. In its System Reliability, Restoration, and Response Report (SR3), PA Consulting Group evaluated outages for 100 publicly-owned utilities (POUs) and 136 investor-owned utilities (IOUs) nationwide, taking into account system outage duration, outage duration directly affecting customers, and the number of outages customers may experience over a 12-month period.
GWP ranked above average in all measures when compared with the other utilities. The report stated that GWP customers could expect 0.99 outages per year as opposed to the average of 1.24 outages for all other utilities. It also ranked GWP in the top 10%, with an average system outage duration of 37.74 minutes, and an average outage duration for the affected customers of 38.05 minutes, significantly below the outage duration among all other utilities with averages of 132.07 minutes and 106.92 minutes, respectively.
The report was conducted for Calendar year 2014.