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Storm Debris Becomes Pile of Problems

The county says it's securing the dirt and debris above Markridge Road

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    LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, CA - JANUARY 20: City workers make final preparations as the third and largest storm of the week moves in on January 20, 2010 in La Canada Flintridge, California. At least 750 homes are under mandatory evacuation orders because of the threat of major mud slides and debris flows below foothills and mountains that burned last year. The threat is particularly high near the San Gabriel Mountains which were denuded of natural flood-controlling vegetation by the 250-plus square mile Station. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    All that storm debris has to go somewhere. But some Glendale residents said moving it to a dumping ground above homes just transfers the problem from one place to another.

    The LA County dump site is just below the Dunsmore Debris Basin, Deukmejian Wilderness Park, and mountainsides denuded by the Station Fire and by firefighters' backfire operations. It's also higher than some debris basins that are being cleared out in preparation for upcoming storms.

    More than 200,000 cubic yards of debris were added to the site. Residents and city officials said they're concerned the debris might give way during a storm, according to the Glendale News Press.

    "We have expressed our concern, and we have expressed concern on your  part, as well," Glendale Public Works Director Steve Zurn told residents during a meeting Wednesday night. "But  while we fully understand (the need to clear) out the basins ... we want to  make sure we are not just transferring the problem from one area to another."

    There are homes below the site on Markridge Road. Crews will work to secure the dirt by compacting it, according to county officials.

    More than 400,000 cubic yards of debris was taken to another dump site in Pacoima. Authorities are trying to get permits for another debris site.
     


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