Rain falls in Anaheim early Thursday morning. Courtesy OnScene.TV
Courtesy OnScene.TV

Another major storm was bearing down on Southern California Sunday, and heavy rain was expected by late in the day.

Once again, after two other storms passed through the area, authorities warned of dangerous driving conditions, possible flooding, mudslides and other weather worries.

Los Angeles County and the City of Santa Clarita have issued evacuation notices for about 120 homes in the vicinity of the Sand Fire — which burned more than 38,000 acres last July — and the City of Duarte has ordered evacuations in the area of the 4,000-acre Fish Fire last June.

The notices were issued in advance of an intense rainstorm expected to begin this morning.

The Sand Fire evacuation area included Placerita Canyon to the south, Sand Canyon to the west and Iron Canyon on the north, according to a release from the City of Santa Clarita.

“At-risk residents are being urged to evacuate no later than 10 p.m. (Saturday) as debris flows could restrict access by first responder agencies to impacted areas,” according to the release.

An evacuation center was set up at Canyon High School, 19300 Nadal Street, the city said. Animals could be taken to the Castaic animal shelter at 31044 Charlie Canyon Road.

The storm response operations were coordinated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the sheriff’s department, the county offices of Emergency Management and Public Works and Santa Clarita, the city said.

Duarte ordered all homes in the Fish Fire impact area evacuated by 9 a.m. Sunday.

An evacuation center was set up at the Duarte Community Center at 1600 Huntington Drive. Residents were urged to make arrangements for their animals since the pets are not allowed at the evacuation center.

Those who refuse to evacuate will be required to sign a refusal to evacuate form acknowledging they are aware of the risks and assume all liability for their decision, city officials said.

Cleanup operations have been underway on Mel Canyon Road from Brookridge Road to Royal Oaks Drive in the aftermath of Friday’s storm.

In addition, Glendora issued a voluntary evacuation order starting at 8 a.m. Sunday for about 1,000 homes in areas impacted by the Colby Fire, according to the police department’s Facebook page.

–City News Service

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