Possible mudslide reported in Sierra Madre around 5PM

-Severe Weather Update-

Markland reported a few hours ago the severe weather alert in the area.  Crime Scene Blog reports that around 5PM in Sierra Madre below last months fire zone.  He even has a short film clip up.

This follows a call from a friend of mine in Sierra Madre about the same time reporting that she heard numerous sirens in the area below the canyon that was damaged in last months fire.  As information is available I will share.

UPDATE#1 8:00PM  Crime Scene reports: Sierra Madre evacuations

Posted by Frank Girardot at 5:53 PM | Sierra Madre | fire | flood | wildfire

At least three streets in Sierra Madre have been evacuated as a precaution against flash flooding and mudslides, officials report.

The streets are Skyland Drive, Woodland Drive and Lotus Lane, officials said. An Emergency Operations Center has been opened. Evacuees will be taken there.

And a comment from the FC Blog from a Sierra Madre resident:

Bill Coburn Says:
May 22nd, 2008 at 6:50 pm

I was in downtown L.A. at jury duty, just got in and found these updates in my e-mail….

Received: 6:30pm – Public Works has made sand and sand bags available at Mary Market’s and the Public Works Yard. The Fire Department has sand bags ONLY available. There are voluntary evacuations of residents on Skyland, North of Idle Hour. There also voluntary evacuations on Woodland, North of Mary’s Market. The Sierra Vista Park at 611 East Sierra Madre Blvd has been opened as an evacuation center.

Received: 5:03pm – Due to the conditions created by the recent Santa Anita Fire and the recent rain, the City of Sierra Madre will be providing sand bags to residents. Sand and sand bags are available at Mary’s Market, the Fire Station and the City Yards. Residents will need to fill the sand bags with sand if they are needed. Thank you.

5/23/08 Update.  Mud slides confirmed in Sierra Madre.  FCBlog as the most current info with on their Thunderstorm post that includes some photos by Bill Coburn.

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