Minor flooding reported in weekend downpour

March 04, 2014|By Sara Cardine,
  • Devil's Gate Dam holds the rising Hahamongna watershed waters in check during the rain in Pasadena on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
Devil's Gate Dam holds the rising Hahamongna watershed… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

La Cañada’s foothill areas held their ground this weekend through a series of massive rainstorms that brought inches of rain to a previously parched landscape. Local officials returning to work on Monday reported all seemed to be well, adding that increased patrols and precautionary measures, along with improved foothill vegetation, likely spared the area from the brunt of the storm’s damage.

City Engineer Ying Kwan said Monday no emergency calls had come in over the weekend.

“We had one drain back up at Chevy Chase [Drive], because a lot of debris clogged up the grate, but for the most part, we did pretty well,” Kwan said.

The storm pattern was expected to bring record rainfall averages, and Los Angeles County’s Fire and Public Works departments beefed up staffing accordingly. On Friday morning, fire patrol trucks cruised side streets, focusing attention on areas like Oceanview Boulevard at the entrance to Paradise Valley, left vulnerable to mudslides after the 2009 Station fire.


Capt. Ray Mitchison, who worked at Los Angeles Fire Department Station 82 throughout the weekend, said Monday the city held up nicely despite the downpour.

“We had a couple of minor floodings, where people’s drains got backed up, but we had no sloughing and no debris flow,” Mitchison said.

According to Descanso Gardens, La Cañada Flintridge received 5.40 inches of rain in last week’s storms.

In addition to fire crews, public works employees also patrolled at-risk neighborhoods throughout La Cañada on Friday and Saturday, clearing storm drains of leaves and other dangerous debris.

Crew leader Richard Lopez said Friday the department had worked all through the early morning to make sure roadways were clear.

“We've had a crew out since midnight, working until noon,” he said, adding that the heavy rain began around 3 a.m. that day.

Additionally, public works employees placed sand bags along Oceanview Boulevard, and stockpiled more for use by area resident, Lopez said.

In preparation for the oncoming storm, city crews spent last week clearing drains in areas prone to flooding, according to Kwan.

“We have typical locations that, just by experience are problematic, so we went there to check on and clear everything out,” he said.

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