Sierra Madre Edition
SIERRA MADRE EDITION SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2017 VOLUME 11 NO. 7 A flash flood warning was issued by the National Weather Service on Friday. With this latest storm, there will be periods of heavy rain with rainfall rates up to 1 inch per hour at times, with as much as 5 to 10 inches possible along foothill and mountain locations. The heaviest rainfall amounts are expected along the south facing slopes from the Santa Ynez Range east through the San Gabriels. Please be prepared! Sandbags are available to residents at the City Maintenance Yard. The Maintenance Yard is located at 621 Sierra Madre Blvd., behind the basketball courts. Please bring your own shovel. FLASH FLOOD WATCH ISSUED FOR THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING SIERRA MADRE HOME RAIDED BY FEDERAL AGENTS On Thursday, agents of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau served a search warrant on a Sierra Madre home and removed what has been described by Jeff Nguyen KCal9 News as, "lots and lots of guns". The warrant was issued as part of a criminal investigation. The home, reportedly belongs to a member of the Pasadena Police Department who has since been put on paid administrative leave and an Internal Affairs Investigation initiated. (Related story on pg. 5). According to reports, 'dozens of gun boxes and weapons were removed from the residence.' In fact, as reported by numerous television news outlets, the number of guns, etc., was so great that a Van and a SUV were used to carry the items away. CBS2/KCAL9 News were somehow tipped off about the raid in advance and arrived to witness the ATF activity. The presence of the officers startled residents on this normally quiet street in Northeast Sierra Madre. In fact, the Sierra Madre Police Department, according to Detective Henry Amos and Watch Commander Sgt. Ed Delcour, the Feds did not extend the usual professional courtesy among law enforcement agencies to SMPD by letting them know in advance of the raid. Further, the Pasadena Police Department for whom the homeowner works, is also not involved in the investigation. The homeowner is believed to be a Lt. in the Pasadena Police Department. Although a search warrant was issued, no charges have been filed against him. “Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty and we certainly should not in anyway make the mistake of faulting the very good men and women of the Pasadena Police Department who have absolutely nothing to do with this and likely have no knowledge of this officer’s alleged actions,” said Pasadena City Councilman Victor Gordo. Neither the Department of Justice nor the ATF were willing to discuss any additional information as the raid is part of an 'ongoing investigation. MVNews CBS2/KCAL9 News crews were on hand as agents served a search warrant at this location on Thursday. Photo courtesy Google Earth DUARTE RED ALERT LEVEL CONTINUES - 202 Homes Under Mandatory Evacuation Orders Evacuation Site Open at Community Center; Street Closures in Place; Trash Service Delayed until Monday, February 20th DUARTE, CA - At 2:20 pm, the National Weather Service (NWS) declared a Flash Flood Warning for the Fish Fire Burn Area until 5:15 pm as the City continues to brace for what the NWS is calling an “atmospheric river event” that will be impacting the City of Duarte and the Fish Fire Impact Area today and tomorrow, February 17th and 18th generating up to an inch an hour in rain including wind gusts of up to 70 MPH. The City remains at Red Alert Level in the Fish Fire Impact area since 7 am on the 17th placing approximately 202 homes under mandatory evacuation. Los Angeles County Public Works issued a Phase 2 Flow Forecast for this storm anticipating that heavy downpours and wind could cause mud and debris flows even more extensive than January’s flows on Melcanyon Rd. and adjacent streets which resulted in over 2800 cubic yards of mud. Valley View School will be closed for school Friday, February 17th. Additionally, Burrtec will not be servicing the Fish Fire Impact Area on Friday, February 17th, instead trash will be collected on Monday, February 20th starting at 7 am. Thus, do not put trash cans on the street until Monday before 7 am. Residents were alerted door to door, this morning by Los Angeles County Sheriff regarding mandatory evacuation orders. Those who chose to stay were required to sign notifications. An additional 22 homes below the Maddock Debris basin were also requested to evacuate as well. Yesterday, Volunteers on Patrol and CERT Team members also went door to door encouraging voluntary evacuations starting last night. Displaced residents are encouraged to access the Duarte Community Center Evacuation Site located at 1600 Huntington Drive. The site will remain open until mandatory orders are lifted and can accommodate up to 40 persons overnight. Evacuated residents are encouraged to bring medicines and any other items they may need for a minimum 48-hour period. Meals will be provided to all evacuees and LA County Animal Control has their mobile shelter on site for those that need to bring animals. Although the timing could fluctuate, the heaviest rainfall is expected to generate between 5 to 10 inches in total rain. In preparation for this event, City phones are open 24 hours a day through Saturday evening. Public Safety (626-357-7938) on Friday from 7:30- 4PM and City Hall from 4PM-7:30 AM (626-357- 7931). On Saturday, call Public Safety from 7:30-4PM. Additionally, the City’s Emergency Operation Center is in full activation, and City staff are deployed within the Fish Fire Impact Area to address situations as they arise. Street closures staffed by Public Safety personnel are at the following areas: Royal Oaks and Greenbank, Bettyhill and Conata, Sunnyvale and Westvale, Royal Oaks and Mel Canyon, eastbound Fish Canyon at Mel Canyon, westbound Fish Canyon at Mel Canyon, Mountaincrest and Deerlane, and Brookridge and DUARTE RED ALERT continued on page 6 RED LEVEL ALERT TRIGGERS THE FOLLOWING EVENTS: Mandatory evacuation order in effect. All residents ordered to leave the impacted and/or potentially impacted areas. Residents directed to remove vehicles, trash bins, and other obstructions from the streets and/or travel lanes prior to evacuating, as they will be subject to tow or removal by authorities. Residents will be directed to an Evacuation Center at the Duarte City Hall Community Center located at 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte CA 91010 Residents electing not to evacuate will be required to sign a Refusal to Evacuate Form, acknowledging their awareness of the hazards/risks and assuming all liability for the decision to remain and shelter in place. If you leave the area, you will not be allowed to return. Entry into the area shall be prohibited to all persons except public safety, first responders. Residents will not be allowed to return to their homes so long as the “Red Level” protocol remains in effect. If you feel conditions are unsafe to evacuate, move to the highest safe place in your residence and shelter in place.
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