Some 3,600 cubic yards of mud and debris deposited this week by more than a foot of rainfall in Station fire burn areas is being hauled out of the Mullally debris basin — enough to generate about 360 truck trips, said L.A. County Department of Public Works spokesman Bob Spencer.
The cleanout is expected to continue into Friday at Mullally, located along Manistee Drive near the top of Ocean View Boulevard, even if temporarily halted for light rainfall expected in the area this week.
Public Works crews will then move on to empty other debris basins in the foothill area.
"We always concentrate on Mullally first, and we watch if the closest because it's one of the smaller basins. The others still have plenty of capacity in them," Spencer said.
Mullally and most of the other 28 foothills-area basins were filled this week to only 20% capacity by the relentless rainfall, which triggered evacuation orders in La Cañada Flintridge and La Crescenta but failed to reach an intensity severe enough to jar loose larger chunks of rock and debris.