Second rainstorm to continue through Saturday night

January rainstorm sent mud and debris flowing down Canyonside Drive.

By Mary O’Keefe

Crescenta Valley is being hit with a second rainstorm today, Saturday that is expected to last through this evening.

A flash flood warning for the Station Fire area is in affect until 5:15 a.m. Saturday, said Curt Kaplan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

“In some areas near the Station Fire the rain rate has been three-tenths of an inch in 15 minutes,” he said.

As of 4:20 a.m. the National Weather Service had tracked rainfall rates in Malibu as much as an inch an hour.  That storm cell is heading toward Crescenta Valley, whether it will keep that intensity as it passes over land is unknown but residents should be prepared, said Jamie Meier, National Weather Service meteorologist.

This second storm may drop another half inch to an inch of rain.  Those totals may be greater in the local the foothills, Kaplan said.

The total rainfall from both storms is expected to be two to four inches by late Saturday evening.

Deputies from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station are investigating reports received from residents in the Escalante and Rock Castle drives area in La Cañada of debris basins overflowing.   As of 4 a.m. Saturday morning there had been no mandatory evacuations ordered and the Los Angeles County Fire Department had not been called out to any homes concerning mudflow problems.