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UPDATE: SCV residents of flood-prone areas warned of potential danger

Weather specialist: 2 storms could dump up to 6.5 inches in Santa Clarita Valley

Posted: February 26, 2014 10:41 a.m.
Updated: February 26, 2014 6:24 p.m.

Los Angeles County Fire Captain Ray Nutt, left, and firefighter David Haws fill one of the sandbags available to the public at Fire Station 73 in Newhall Wednesday night. Signal photo by Dan Watson.


Bouquet Canyon residents should have a small suitcase packed and be ready to go in the event of flooding caused by back-to-back storms moving into theSanta Clarita Valley starting tonight, said a spokesman for the National Weather Service.

The first low-pressure front off the Pacific Ocean is expected to bring 1.5 inches of rain, but the second, arriving Friday, could dump five to six inches of rain, weather specialist Stuart Seto said Wednesday.

“If you live in mountain areas or by a creek, be prepared to go,” he said, noting the danger posed by sediment buildup in Bouquet Creek makes that canyon particularly hazardous.

“Have a little suitcase packed and be ready to go,” he said. “If there’s flooding in those areas, you have to have a plan.”

Los Angeles County declared a local emergency Tuesday to expedite clearing out Bouquet Creek sediment, which causes the road to flood, but the move came too late for this week’s series of late-winter storms, the most significant of the season so far.

Until the sediment is removed, the threat of flooding remains, said Jim Yannotta, manager for the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The dam at the top of Bouquet Canyon belongs to that water-supply system, but downstream residents in Saugus rely on it to provide their water.

Besides the most rain residents have seen all season, Seto said, those living at 7,000 feet above sea level can expect between one and two feet of snow.

Heavy rains in the Santa Clarita Valley will continue through Saturday, Seto said. “You’ll have some residual showers Sunday and Monday.”

Santa Clarita is providing sandbags for residents worried about flooding, said city spokeswoman Gail Morgan. All Los Angeles County fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley now have unfilled sandbags available for residents.

Sand to fill them can be obtained at Station 73, 24875 Railroad Avenue in Newhall, and Station 124, 25870 Hemingway Avenue in Stevenson Ranch.

Residents can get a maximum of 25 sandbags per visit at a fire station. Those who want to get sand at one of the two fire stations must bring a shovel and sandbags.

Santa Clarita residents who wish to report flooded streets, overflowing storm drains, mud and debris on the sidewalk or streets and flooded streets can call city Public Works dispatch at 661-294-2520.




Unreal: Posted: February 27, 2014 6:53 a.m.

What the heck! What have you people been doing? Hey Jim Yannotta, is this your job? Who was supposed to monitor for this? Why wait until the rain is here.
This has been and issue for years.

llittlejohn: Posted: February 27, 2014 3:35 p.m.

From the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power:

We want to clarify this article’s use of the statement from Jim Yannotta, our Manager of the Los Angeles Aqueduct. The quote was referring to the situation that if higher flows were to be released by LADWP from Bouquet Reservoir into Bouquet Creek, water would collect on Bouquet Canyon Road posing a public safety hazard to cars, trucks, motorcyclists and bicyclists. The sediment in the creek has collected from rain storms since the mid-2000’s. Until this is sediment is removed by the U.S. Forest Service with the assistance of the Los Angeles County Public Works, LADWP will only release a minimal amount of water from the Bouquet Reservoir to avoid water collecting and flooding the road.

Please note that if there are rainstorms in the Bouquet Canyon area, water may still wind up adjacent to or possibly on Bouquet Canyon Road due to run-off from the hills and throughout the canyon.

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