Saturday, February 6, 2010

Red Flag Alert - 4:30 Emergency City Council Meeting Announced (Will Be Televised)

<--- 5PM update. Clouds departing as the sun returns to Sierra Madre. Hopefully this lasts.

11:40 AM - I just received word that the Sierra Madre City Council will be holding an emergency 4:30 meeting on the mud slide and weather conditions here. The meeting will be televised, so please tune in. There will be detailed updates given at this emergency session.

According to the National Weather Service a significant new storm impulse will cross our area at approximately 2 PM this afternoon, with an inch an hour rainfall potential. Not what we're looking for right now.

Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect for the time being. Please refer to the City of Sierra Madre site for updates as they arrive. The staff at City Hall and City of Sierra Madre employees are doing all they can to make sure that those in the danger areas remain out of harms way. LA County people are also in the City, and cleaning and clearing wherever they can.

From the L.A. Times site: Videos show destructive path of foothill mudslides

National Weather Service Update (2:23 PM PST): Flash flood warning for The Santa Anita and Morris Burn areas in Los Angeles County until 4:45 PM PST ... Showers and thunderstorms continue to overspread the burn areas. In addition ... radar shows a line of showers and thunderstorms over central Ventura County that is expected to reach the Santa Anita and Morris burn areas later this afternoon. Due to ongoing showers ... the threat for more debris flows will continue through late afternoon ...

4:22 - Some staggering photos of mudslide damage from the Welcome to the Meadows blog out of Altadena. Click here.

26 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update John. You are providing the residents a great service. I know that you will be a great council member. You will put Sierra Madre first. You do not have a political agenda. You do not have ties to the Democratic Party, Sacromento or the real estate associations as Joe and Josh do.

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  2. The two phases of California weather: drought followed by floods.

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  3. Both phases enhanced by overdevelopment.

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  4. Anyone seen a copy of the Mountain Views Snooze today?

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  5. Hi John, I worry for you tatts up there, I worry about animals and people who love them,

    Have you lost any houses like in la canada?

    Please god, keep the brave tatts safe...

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  6. The Looney Views Snooze is always dated Saturday, but rarely makes it to the street until well into the following week. And unlike news on the internet, a little water turns it back into pulp rather quickly.

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  7. No homes have been lost in the canyon, grove street is in no danger, and i do hope you wish the best for those folks that either don't read or don't know about the tattler and i don't believe over development really has anything to do with the condition in the canyon, nice way to politicize a PSA though!

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  8. Good for you up2youreyz, and that's great about the canyon, but dream on if you don't think that overdevelopment in the hillsides all over Southern California hasn't made these problems much worse.
    You're kidding, right?

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  9. Sierra Madre is a city that loves its politics. And there seems to be two camps on that situation right now. Those who conduct politics by saying people shouldn't be political, and those who are political and call them out on it.

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  10. Grove Street and most of the west side is beneath that small swath of unburned foothill between the Santa Anita and Morris fires. The eastern parts of Sierra Madre were not so fortunate.

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  11. Senator Feinstein's best moment - when she laid out the responsibility for many of the losses that take place in Californian fires and floods at the foot of developers who once built, and continue to build, in hazatrdous areas. The senator made that speech two years ago? Three years ago?

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  12. Some blue sky and sunshine to the west now. Maybe we've dodged that last bullet!

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  13. So, what's all the hullaballoo? A little mud flows down Skyland Drive and the City becomes militarized? What's really going on here?

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  14. It just seems like a little mud, until it pushes down a wall of your house.

    I worry about all the ground destabilizing on the Stonehouse and Carter properties.

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  15. 4:36 - you need to look at the photos and videos linked to today's article.

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  16. Beautiful picture Sir Eric.
    Sierra Madre has had some very damaging mud events. There was one in the thirties that came down from the mountains and went straight down Baldwin. LA County built a catch basin then, that I think Dorn Platz ripped out.
    The Nutsell tract caused mud havoc that took ten years to straighten out with the insurance companies, according to a resident who spoke against the Stonehouse project.
    The canyon is OK because the city is so prepared.

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  17. Was the anarchist picnic cancelled today?

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  18. The anarchist picnic is next Saturday.

    Bring your bean curd and sprouts.

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  19. To those stuck in Hilside Development Adolescence: The most serious damage in La Canada and Hillside Developments (41 houses at last count) were in the "flat and alluvial plains below the canyons at the mouth of the canyons. "Ah Ha" Stonehouse! Our City Administration along with Mosca and Buchanan seems oblivious to the consequences of building below debris dams and in a flood plain.
    For the naive : Home insurance does not cover mud flows. Flood Insurance does not cover mud flows. Guess who sues the City of Sierra Madre when the LLC's are gone? The homeowers who build on lots approved by the City. Wow Rocket Science. Did Buchanan and Mosca leave town along with the LLC Principals?

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  20. Did anyone at the City Council meeting thank Joe for making the rain stop?

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  21. I'm also reading postings at
    http://sierramadrepio.blogspot.com

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  22. GREEN FLAG THIS MORNING!

    All's well that ends well. Let's hope we continue to dodge the "mud bullet".

    Looking at La Canada, reminds us of what could happen.

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  23. The pictures in today's LA Times are horrifying.

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  24. The word out of downtown is that Joe Mosca was coughing and sneezing during yesterday's emergency City Council meeting. But despite that after the meeting he went to the lobby and started shaking hands and getting close. That is until someone pointed out to him that he obviously has a bad cold and shouldn't he be considerate of the other people there? Joe than admitted he wasn't feeling very well and should probably be go home and get some rest. What a pip.

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  25. Read Hazardous Metropolis, Flooding and Urban Ecology in Los Angeles by Jared Orsi (2004-University of California Press). It is at the Sierra Madre Library or on line at Amazon.com It gives a complete run down on the mess of rain, mud, flood in Los Angeles county and shows maps of the mud flows out of the foothills in La Canada-Flintridge in the late 1800's.

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