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By Veronica Rocha | October 4, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Jenny Choe saw flames from the Station fire blackening the hillside near her Burritt Way home for several days. Having bought her home more than 20 years ago, Choe is determined to ensure that it remains unharmed for another two decades. “This is really all of our lives, and in a minute, I felt like it was going to go,” she said. She and other residents, who live near the blackened Deukmejian Wilderness Park, must now deal with the aftermath of the fire and prepare themselves for a slew of problems that may come during this year’s winter storms.
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By Veronica Rocha | January 18, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — With weather reports forecasting up to 16 inches of rain in the foothills this week, residents didn’t waste in any time Saturday and started prepping their homes for the storms. Resident John Hanson made the trek from his Briggs Avenue neighborhood to La Cañada Flintridge’s Paradise Valley community to fill up a half-dozen sandbags, which he was going stack outside his home. He has piled sandbags along his driveway to divert water and debris during the storm.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 13, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Foothill residents stacked sandbags Monday, feverishly preparing against potential mudslides brought on by forecasted heavy rain this week in the Station fire burn areas. Light rain began to fall Monday afternoon, and is expected to dump up to 4 inches of rain by Wednesday over the fire’s affected burn areas, said meteorologist Jamie Meier of the National Weather Service. Heavy rain was anticipated about midnight tonight and is expected to taper off throughout the day and evening.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
In the neighborhood atop Ocean View Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge, concrete barriers line the curb, breaking only to allow access to residential driveways. Sandbags and other signs of the lingering threat of mudslides from hills made bare by the Station fire are everywhere. And they're starting wear thin on some property owners and real estate agents. "The south side of the street looks like a war zone," said Pat Anderson, who is rebuilding after her home was destroyed in the February 2010 mudslides.
FEATURES
October 17, 2009
After the recent Station fire in the hills above Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge, a winter-like storm blew from the north this week. With denuded hillsides prime for mudslides, the cities, county and neighbors began preparing for the inevitable. Having been around the Briggs Terrace in La Crescenta for the fires, I knew there would be people working hard to protect their homes from the possible mudslides. As I pulled up on Freeman Avenue near Manzanita Street with steady rain coming down, I saw 12-year-old Jim Smiley putting up sandbags around his home.
NEWS
December 20, 2002
Ben Godar With heavy rains in the forecast, the Glendale Fire Department is warning residents to prepare for the possibility of floods and mudslides. Sandbags are available at all fire stations, with limits of 10 per household. Fire officials warn not to rely on that supply, as high demand could create shortages in certain areas. To be effective, sandbagging and other preparations must be done well in advance of the actual storms. While sandbags may redirect small amounts of water, officials warned residents in canyon areas to keep rain gutters clear and know how to shut off utilities.
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October 23, 2009
Volunteers sought to fill sandbags The city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department on Tuesday appealed for help in filling sandbags for hillside residents at risk of mudflows and heavy rain runoff this winter. The volunteer event will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the lower parking lot at Dunsmore Park, 4700 Dunsmore Ave., in La Crescenta. The sandbags will be distributed to residents in the La Crescenta and Glenoaks Canyon areas. Volunteers should wear sturdy close-toed shoes, sunblock and be prepared for physically demanding work.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | December 7, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Residents hunkered down this morning in anticipation of heavier rain that’s expected to come later today and fall on fire-scorched hillsides, creating the biggest threat of mudslides and debris flows yet. A steady rainstorm today tested the stability of walls of sandbags and dozens of concrete blocks, which residents and authorities erected to stop debris flows from destroying neighborhoods in the recent burn areas....
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December 12, 2011
With a cold winter storm bearing down on the region, Burbank officials today said they will provide free sandbangs to residents and business owners. The sandbags will be available from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week at the Public Works Field Services Yard, 124 S. Lake St. Crews will require proof of city residence, such as a utility bill or driver's license, before directing visitors to the back of the site, where workers will help load the sandbags into the vehicle, according to a city announcement.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
In the neighborhood atop Ocean View Boulevard in La Cañada Flintridge, concrete barriers line the curb, breaking only to allow access to residential driveways. Sandbags and other signs of the lingering threat of mudslides from hills made bare by the Station fire are everywhere. And they're starting wear thin on some property owners and real estate agents. "The south side of the street looks like a war zone," said Pat Anderson, who is rebuilding after her home was destroyed in the February 2010 mudslides.
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By Gretchen Meier, gretchen.meier@latimes.com | October 25, 2010
Volunteers young and old worked for nearly three hours Saturday morning to help clean up Foothill Boulevard. In a collaborative effort between a number of city and community organizations, including Glendale Neighborhood Services, Committee for a Clean and Beautiful Glendale and Crescenta Valley Chamber of Commerce, more than 300 volunteers showed up at Dunsmore Park for the 17th annual Foothill Clean-up Day. Volunteers helped with everything...
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha | January 18, 2010
LA CRESCENTA — With weather reports forecasting up to 16 inches of rain in the foothills this week, residents didn’t waste in any time Saturday and started prepping their homes for the storms. Resident John Hanson made the trek from his Briggs Avenue neighborhood to La Cañada Flintridge’s Paradise Valley community to fill up a half-dozen sandbags, which he was going stack outside his home. He has piled sandbags along his driveway to divert water and debris during the storm.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | December 7, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — Residents hunkered down this morning in anticipation of heavier rain that’s expected to come later today and fall on fire-scorched hillsides, creating the biggest threat of mudslides and debris flows yet. A steady rainstorm today tested the stability of walls of sandbags and dozens of concrete blocks, which residents and authorities erected to stop debris flows from destroying neighborhoods in the recent burn areas....
NEWS
October 23, 2009
Volunteers sought to fill sandbags The city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department on Tuesday appealed for help in filling sandbags for hillside residents at risk of mudflows and heavy rain runoff this winter. The volunteer event will run from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the lower parking lot at Dunsmore Park, 4700 Dunsmore Ave., in La Crescenta. The sandbags will be distributed to residents in the La Crescenta and Glenoaks Canyon areas. Volunteers should wear sturdy close-toed shoes, sunblock and be prepared for physically demanding work.
FEATURES
By Michael Arvizu | October 17, 2009
When was the last time you laughed during a difficult moment in your life? You?ve probably often heard the old adage, ?Laughter is the best medicine.? Well, it truly is. There is nothing like a good belly laugh, a silent giggle or the reaction to a bad joke to lessen the stress of any situation. Difficult moments are the most difficult to find a laugh in, but if you can manage it, it feels like a ton of bricks have magically disappeared from your shoulders. Several years ago I had a friend who was in the hospital with a potentially life-threatening condition.
FEATURES
October 17, 2009
After the recent Station fire in the hills above Glendale, La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge, a winter-like storm blew from the north this week. With denuded hillsides prime for mudslides, the cities, county and neighbors began preparing for the inevitable. Having been around the Briggs Terrace in La Crescenta for the fires, I knew there would be people working hard to protect their homes from the possible mudslides. As I pulled up on Freeman Avenue near Manzanita Street with steady rain coming down, I saw 12-year-old Jim Smiley putting up sandbags around his home.
NEWS
By Gary Huerta | October 15, 2009
Last week I wrote about the ambiguity of the Crescenta Valley territory. As I did, I compared that open-ended definition to what I believed a good local column should be. Namely, that my topics could expand beyond the mere boundaries of our area and cover issues of a more broad scope. As I write this column, I’m out of town attending a conference as part of the duties for my other job. That fact aside, my thoughts right now are back home and on the weather there. This morning, I woke up to national TV news reports focused on La Crescenta.
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