With the Station fire 94% contained, city, county and federal officials are now having to redirect their attention and resources to another potentially devastating disaster — mudslides.
Speaking at the La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting on Monday, Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Martin said many of the same La Cañada residents whose homes were threatened by the fire just two weeks ago must now brace themselves for the threat of erosion and flooding.
“Because of the vegetation and because of the watershed we lost, any types of rains this season, from moderate to severe, will be devastating due to the amount of mud and debris flow,” Martin said. “The history of this area is that there are major fires and they are followed by major floods. And those major floods are something people often don’t associate with fires. Floods can be just as devastating, and we can lose just as many residences and have just as many catastrophes.”