LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and City leaders provided an evening update on the City’s storm response and recovery efforts from the Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center. Emergency crews continue responding to multiple reports of mud and debris flows, power outages, fallen trees, flooding and other obstructions in the roadway. Watch this evening’s press conference here. The next storm update will be a paper release around 9:00 AM PT.
Here is the latest information regarding the City’s response:
Evacuation Order for La Tuna Canyon Rd Lifted:
The City of Los Angeles has lifted its evacuation order for La Tuna Canyon Road – located roughly within the area bounded by Horse Haven St. to the North, Martindale Ave. to the East, Penrose St. to the South and Ledge Ave. to the West. The Los Angeles Fire Department, Bureau of Engineering, Department of Sanitation, Street Services, SoCal Gas, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power and the Los Angeles Police Department conducted inspections which concluded today. There is currently no immediate threat of mudslide, debris flow or other significant impacts.
On Saturday, out of an abundance of caution, the City issued an Evacuation Warning ahead of the storm in light of an increased risk of significant flooding, mudslides, and sediment flow because of the burn scars left by the Land Fire that occurred in 2022. Angelenos are urged to remain vigilant and stay informed during continued storm impacts.
The road closures along La Tuna Canyon Road established in support of the evacuation are no longer in effect.
The emergency evacuation shelter for affected residents will close today. There are currently zero residents at the shelter:
Stonehurst Recreation Center
9901 Dronfield Ave., Sun Valley CA 91352
Emergency evacuation shelters for large animals were established prior to the Evacuation Order and will remain open for 24 hours at the following locations:
Hansen Dam Horse Park
11127 Orcas Ave. Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
LA Equestrian Center
480 West Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506
In advance of the storm, LAFD added additional teams for swift water rescue, community emergency response (CERT), urban search and rescue, hand crews, tractor companies, helicopter pilots, command staff, and 9-1-1 dispatchers to assist the 1,000 firefighters already on duty. Over the course of the storm, firefighters assisted approximately 50 motorists stranded in water to safety and LAFD Swift Water Teams performed 5 rescues. The LAFD will continue to maintain an augmented resource deployment until the storm passes.
Mud & Debris Flows:
City agencies are responding to numerous reports of mudslides and debris flows particularly along canyon roads and hillsides. Areas most impacted include Baldwin Hills and canyon communities in the Santa Monica mountains. Commuters are advised to avoid driving on canyon roads.
Reported impacts as of 4:00 PM PT, February 6:
38 incidents of buildings reported as requiring inspection due to mudslides and slope failures
4 buildings have been red tagged (no entry)
9 buildings yellow tagged (possession collection only)
Several buildings located along Lockridge Rd, which had previously been tagged, were reassessed as safe for entry.
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) has reported that as of 4:00 PM PT. Tuesday, approximately 6,600 customers remain without power. Due to crews around the clock, 59,000 have had their power restored since the start of the storm. Currently, the most affected areas include Koreatown and Brentwood.
Outages caused by fallen trees can take additional time to restore, as the tree limbs need to be cleared before work can begin on fixing the power structures. Other complications include flooding in multiple underground vaults which need to be located and then pumped out before repairs can take place. Storms also increase the likelihood of downed or damaged wires. Never approach or touch any wire that is down or dangling and immediately report it by calling 9-1-1.
In collaboration with other agencies, at least 6 billion gallons of stormwater has been captured in Los Angeles alone since the beginning of Sunday’s storm event, with more being captured as rain continues to fall.
Public Works Storm Response:
Since yesterday, bureaus with the Department of Public Works have reported the following operations and calls for service as of 4:00 PM PT Tuesday.
390 fallen trees and branches
441 reports of potholes
963 catch basins and stormwater conveyance systems cleared
Augmented Winter Shelter Operations:
The City, County and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) activated 6 additional shelters for people experiencing homelessness, in addition to the 7 previously established winter shelters.
Shelter space is available at:
2236 Goodall Ave, Duarte, 91010 - (949) 312-8961
13055 Clovis Ave, Los Angeles 90059 – (424) 345-2236
If in need of transportation, consider saving time by requesting through 211LA.org. Angelenos can also call 2-1-1 to request transportation. The City also authorized additional hotel vouchers.
Traffic Impacts & Road Closures:
Since 10:00 AM PT on Sunday, LAPD has reported a total of 392 traffic calls with 157 requiring medical response. Zero traffic fatalities have been reported.
Mulholland Drive is closed between Skyline Drive and Bowmont Drive. Drivers are advised to avoid canyon roads:
The highest likelihood of mud and debris flows is on hillsides and canyons which can lead to impassable roads.
The City is responding to multiple reports along residential and arterial streets near Laurel Canyon, Coldwater Canyon, Benedict Canyon and Beverly Glen.
Drivers are advised to avoid these areas which are at heightened risk of mudslides and sudden closures.
Sepulveda Basin road closures due to flooding:
Burbank Blvd is closed between the 405 FWY and Balboa Blvd
Woodley Ave is closed between Burbank and Victory
Additional closures due to flooding or debris:
I-5 Fwy S to 110 South Interchange is closed
Coldwater Canyon closed to traffic southbound at Mulholland Dr.
Beverly Glen Blvd closed between Sunset Blvd and Mulholland Dr.
Camino de la Cumbre closed between Glorietta & Valley Vista
Oro Vista Ave is closed North of Big Tujunga Canyon Rd.
Los Angeles Zoo Impacts
The Zoo will resume normal operations and will reopen to the public Wednesday morning.
All schools – with the exception of Vinedale College Preparatory Academy and Topanga Elementary Charter School – will remain open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 7. (Vinedale students should continue to report to Glenwood Elementary School at 8001 Ledge Avenue, Sun Valley, 91352 and Topanga students should continue to report to Woodland Hills Academy at 20800 Burbank Blvd, Woodland Hills, 91367.)
Please stay tuned for updates on LAUSD.org, on social media @LASchools, on KLCS-TV. If families and students need additional help, please contact our Family Hotline at (213) 443-1300
LA Metro continues to provide its vital service during this storm. The agency is reporting minor delays and bus detours due to localized street flooding, but has quickly recovered from any challenges thanks to extensive pre-storm preparation.
Please check Metro’s X social media channel for real-time updates on service. People are also invited to call (323) GO-METRO (323) 466-3876 for more information.
The Los Angeles Emergency Operations Center has been activated to a Level 2 since 8:00 AM PT on Sunday, February 4 to respond to the severe weather event currently impacting Los Angeles and surrounding areas. A Level 2 activation is a strongly enhanced level of operation in which every necessary agency staffs the Emergency Operations Center around the clock.