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UPDATE (Sat. 9 a.m.): Wet weather pounds area

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This mud and debris incident occurred on Dunsmore and Markridge in La Crescenta around 7:30 a.m. Photo courtesy of Nick DiGiovanni

By Robin GOLDSWORTHY

The Crescenta Valley woke to mud and debris this Saturday morning as ongoing rain overnight resulted in mud and debris being carried down our local streets.

The National Weather Service extended a flash flood warning in effect until 12:15 p.m. and reported some rates of rainfall are estimated at being over one and half inches per hour. It further warns of possible flash flooding and debris flows across the area immediately below the Station Fire burn area. Locations in the warning include but are not limited to Tujunga, Sunland, La Cañada, La Crescenta and areas immediately downstream of the Station Fire burn area. Precautionary preparedness actions: residents and motorists in and below recently burned areas should be alert to flash flooding and debris flows which may block roads and culverts.

In the foothills, mud and debris has been carried as far south as Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard.

At the top of Ocean View Boulevard, boulders have careened down, smashing into cars and houses. Mud and debris has reportedly flowed into homes. The powerful mud flows have carried automobiles from their driveways.

Mud and debris carried all the way down to end of the Ocean View past Honolulu Avenue.

At Ocean View and Castle, there’s been reported almost three feet of mud that moved so quickly that it carried a car into the middle of the intersection.

At Briggs below Foothill there’s mud and debris – some rather large pieces in places.

The Union 76 at Briggs and Foothill reported that water got in their gas tanks so they are closed until it is repaired.

Many roads are impassable with sheriffs units being dispatched to Ocean View Boulevard and Cross, Los Amigos and Encinitas and Angeles Crest Highway and Harter, all in La Cañada. Though no mandatory evacuations have been issued as of 9 a.m. these units are trying to keep the roads clear for public works.

As of this morning there has been very little traffic in the area and the sheriffs department has not reported any road closures. Residents are advised to be prepared to  “shelter in place” as more rain is expected which may lead to more mud and debris being carried onto local roads.

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