Our readers know that I recently grumbled through several evacuations during the Station Fire north of Los Angeles. Now comes Act II, or "Mud: The Revengening."
Kathy tips me off to L.A. Times coverage of a rather grim mudslide risk assessment for the La Canada and La Crescenta areas. Apparently when you burn up all the underbrush on a mountainside in a thirty-year-fire, you can expect a sizable chunk of the mountainside to come down for a visit after the next big rain. La Crescenta and La Canada are on steep foothills, and have equally steep, straight, north-south streets leading up the foothills into the side of the Angeles National Forrest and the mountain. The suspicion is that certain of those north-south streets are going to turn into mud chutes during the first big rain.
Which might be tonight.
This weekend, we learned from a knowledgeable source that the risk assessment for mudslides is somewhat grimmer than the report reflects, and that the Sheriffs will be evacuating our area if there are heavy rains. Our house is almost certainly not in danger of significant damage; a front yard full of mud and debris is probably the worse we can expect, and that's if the mudslides are truly epic. However, if the main artery leading up to our dead-end street turns into a mud chute, we're cut off from the world until it is cleared. Looks like it's time to pack a go-bag.
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