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Severe Winter Storm Forces Evacuations

" The Red Cross wants residents to be ready for disasters big and small, including landslides."

On Sunday January 22, in response to the last of a three-storm event impacting Southern California, the Red Cross Los Angeles Region opened four emergency evacuation shelters. The storm, which is expected to continue through tonight, caused flooding in urban areas that resulted in numerous road closures and forced residents to evacuate from homes surrounding the recent burn areas-- where the risk of mudslides and floating debris pose a danger to life and property.

In the Santa Clarita Valley, residents evacuated due to potential life-threatening mud and debris flow stemming from the area surrounding the Sand Fire burn scar. Similarly, residents of the City of Duarte were forced to evacuate from locations surrounding the Fish Fire burn scar. And, in Wilmington, residents were forced to evacuate due to wide-spread urban flooding. Additionally, an avalanche in Mono County left many residents displaced in the Mammoth Lakes area and the Red Cross Los Angeles Region opened a shelter at a nearby community center to accommodate their needs as well.

All four shelters will remain open until law enforcement allows residents to return to their homes.

The shelters are located at:

Canyon High School
19300 Nadal St,
Santa Clarita, CA 91351

Duarte Community Center
1600 Huntington Drive
Duarte, CA 91010

Wilmington Recreation Center
325 N Neptune Avenue
Wilmington, CA 90744

Crowley Lake Community Center
474-, 482 S Landling Rd,
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

The Red Cross wants residents to be ready for disasters, big and small, including landslides and flooding. Here are a few safety tips to help you and your family be better prepared for severe winter weather.

  • Create and practice an evacuation plan for your family or business

  • Assemble and maintain an emergency preparedness kit

  • Watch the patterns of storm water drainage on slopes near your home

  • Listen for unusual sounds that might indicate moving debris, such as trees cracking or boulders knocking together

  • Before re-entering your home, look outside for loose powerlines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, or other damage

As always, you can download our FREE Red Cross Mobile Apps, in the Apple App Store or Google Play, to get preparedness tips, news and updates on your mobile device.

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You can also stay up-to-date with Red Cross Emergency Response by following @RedCrossLA on Twitter, or Texting “REDCROSSLA” to 75759. And, for more Red Cross preparedness tips, visit preparesocal.org.

How to Help:

Donations to Disaster Relief will be used to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from disasters, big and small. If you would like to make a donation, please visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. You may also text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation right from your phone.