Residents living in evacuated neighborhoods in Monrovia can return home Saturday evening, city officials said.
Mandatory evacuations were lifted at 6 p.m. and replaced with advisory evacuations for the foothills community, which was drenched with about 4.5 inches of rain in the past two days, Alexis Bakofsky, with the city of Monrovia, said.
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The decision came after what was expected to be the last large cell of a powerful winter storm passed through the area. Officials said they were seeing clear water with very little mud and debris flowing off the hillsides in Monrocia.
"We appreciate the patience of our residents living in the affected areas and their vigilance to the mudflow concerns throughout the weekend and over the next week," Bakofsky said.
About 50 to 60 homes were affected by the evacuations near the Madison fire burn area on Friday.
Evacuations were ordered for the following areas affected by the 2013 fire:
- Highland Place north of Hillcrest Boulevard
- Scenic Drive
- Heather Heights north of Scenic
- Avocado Place
- 600 block of Hillcrest Boulevard
- 900 block of Crescent Drive
"We are advising residents located in the Madison Fire area to be aware that the potential for erosion and debris flowing down the mountain towards residential areas still exists," Bakofsky said.
Only residents living on Highland Place, one of the most affected areas by mud and debris flow, will be able to access that street Saturday night.
An evacuation shelter was set up at the Monrovia Community Center located at 119 West Palm Avenue. That evacuation center closed Saturday evening, but residents can still call 626-932-5550 overnight and someone will answer, the city said.
Evacuated pets were taken to the Pasadena Humane Society located at 361 S. Raymond Ave. free of charge.