Glendora Residents Warned of Possible Mudflow Ahead of Storm

Rain-related parking restrictions were in place and residents were urged to remove their trashcans from roads

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    Parts of Glendora are in a danger zone as another storm approaches SoCal. Resident's prepared Monday with catch basins and K-rails. Kim Baldonado reports from Glendora for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 31, 2014. (Published Monday, March 31, 2014)

    As layers of mud and debris from the last storm to hit Southern California were being cleared from a Glendora basin Monday, the city’s residents were being warned that rain expected to descend on the region overnight could trigger light mudflows in the Colby Fire burn area.

    Rain-related parking restrictions were in place and residents were urged to remove obstructions from roads, including their trashcans, after city officials raised the flooding alert level Sunday. No evacuations were in place, nor were there restrictions on entry to the potentially impacted areas, officials said.

    Rain Arrives in SoCal

    [LA] Rain Arrives in SoCal
    Rain started falling over parts of Southern California. Robert Kovacik reports Ventura County for the NBC4 News at 11 on Monday, March 31, 2014. (Published Monday, March 31, 2014)

    The Colby Fire burn area includes land north of Sierra Madre Avenue between Yucca Ridge Road to the west and Little Dalton Wash to the east, officials said.

    Glendora Faces Muddy Aftermath

    [LA] Glendora Faces Muddy Aftermath
    Sandbags and rails to protect Glendora couldn't help keep mudslides and rainwater out of the community. Jane Yamamoto reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Published Sunday, March 2, 2014)

    The Glendora Police Department planned to increase patrols in the at-risk area ahead of the storm, which was expected to bring up to an inch of rain to some areas through Wednesday.

    “Once that rain hit the first time, I didn't sleep at all,” said Glendora resident Kathy Pabon. "I was just waiting for this hill to come tumbling down and I hope that never happens. It's very scary."

    Caught on Camera: Deer Slogs Through Mud

    [LA] Caught on Camera: Deer Slogs Through Mud
    A herd encountered an unexpected obstacle while crossing to a field in Glendora, but a determined deer traversed the thick, muddy stream to reach the other side of an embankment. This report aired during the NBC4 News at 8 p.m. on March 1, 2014. (Published Sunday, March 2, 2014)

    Pabon's home is up against the hillside which burned during January's Colby Fire, which scorched more than 1,700 acres in Glendora and Azusa.

    “The whole hillside around us was on fire,” Pabon said. “We left with five cars and a boat filled with things and we knew we would never see our home again, but as you see, it's still here."

    Glendora Evacuations Lifted

    [LA] Glendora Evacuations Lifted
    Evacuation orders for the mud-stricken foothill community of Glendora was lifted early Sunday. The orders came after days of hard rain that brought mudslides and debris flow to the fire-scarred area. Reggie Kumar reports live for Today in LA on Sunday, March 2, 2014. (Published Sunday, March 2, 2014)

    The barren hillsides are now prime for mudflows when it rains, which is why the Pabon family not only built a small retaining wall along their backyard, but also covered the bare hillside with netting, hoping to prevent erosion.

    "I'm hoping we don't have a whole lot of rain in a short amount of time,” Pabon said.

    So does Glendora resident Sherry Benshoof, who ignored evacuation orders the last time it rained, but is reconsidering in light of the fatal mudslide in Washington.

    “It gives you pause and makes you think, because we elected to not evacuate ... whenever they wanted us to leave,” Benshoof said. “I just couldn't imagine anything like that happening."

    Crews with the Los Angeles County Department of Public were working to ensure that any mud that does flow down ends up in catch basins and not in nearby neighborhoods.

    One basin was filled with 12 feet of mud after the last storm in late February and early March, which triggered evacuations for some residents.

    Crews were working to clear the basin Monday, and said it would take another day to completely remove all the debris.

    Glendora residents can get information on where to get sandbags on the city’s website, here.