Against a backdrop of cloudy skies and light rainfall, hillside residents gathered Tuesday night at La Cañada Flintridge City Hall to hear from county officials how best to prepare for the rainy — and in their case, potentially muddy — season.
Topping the agenda were some new sources of information in time of trouble and before it starts.
Those living near last year's Station fire burn areas are encouraged to bookmark dpwcare.org on their computers. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works' Coordinated Area Recovery Effort website is an information clearinghouse that includes progress updates for flood control basin cleanouts, guidance for protecting homes from debris flows, contact information for a variety of public agencies and, when necessary, breaking safety condition alerts.
Meanwhile, L.A. County Sheriff's Department Capt. Dave Silversparre encouraged residents to register for nixle.com, a service that allows officials to text message and e-mail users with instant updates on weather conditions, road closures and safety protocols.