LOS ANGELES – Mayor Karen Bass announced that the City of Los Angeles has issued an Evacuation Warning to residents along La Tuna Canyon Road, roughly within the area bounded by Horse Haven to the North, Martindale to the East, Penrose to the South and Ledge to the West. The city urges residents in this area to prepare for an Evacuation Order that is likely to be issued at 8:00 AM on Sunday, February 4. The area subject to the Warning and likely Order is at an increased risk of significant flooding, mudslides, and sediment flow because of the burn scars left by the Land Fire that occurred in 2022.
LA County Department of Public Works (LACDPW) has designated this area “Phase 3” (the highest phase), which, with very heavy rain, would bring significant flooding and mudflow/sediment deposition within McDonald Creek, Del Arroyo Drive, and La Tuna Canyon Road. LACDPW suggests that roughly 28,000 cubic yards of debris flow could occur. At this point, about 50 properties, including homes and businesses, could be covered by an evacuation order.
“Keeping people safe is our top priority, and as we continue to monitor the storm’s progress, it is now clear that some residents of La Tuna Canyon Road must be prepared for an evacuation order,” Mayor Bass said. “We will continue to keep all Angelenos updated, especially those in high-risk areas.”
Tonight (Saturday night), the Emergency Management Department issued a wireless emergency alert targeting those in the affected area in anticipation of the evacuation, directing them to LAFD.org/news for the latest updates on the evacuation. The Emergency Management Department made phone calls to phone numbers in the likely evacuation area.
Emergency evacuation shelters are being stood up at the following locations:
Sunland Senior Citizen Center
8640 Fenwick St, Sunland, CA 91040
Lake View Terrace Recreation Center
11075 Foothill Blvd, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
La Tuna Canyon Road is home to large animals that will need to be evacuated. The Los Angeles Animal Services Department has identified shelters for large animals at the following locations:
Hansen Dam Horse Park
11127 Orcas Ave. Lake View Terrace, CA 91342
LA Equestrian Center
480 Riverside Dr, Burbank, CA 91506
The Los Angeles Police Department will implement a security plan for the evacuation area and is preparing to close roads from Wheatland Avenue to the 210 freeway.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center is activating to Level 2 at 8:00 AM tomorrow morning. Mayor Bass has urged Angelenos to stay home and off the roads during the storm, and has called on them to charge their devices and to sign up for alerts and get information at emergency.lacity.gov, as well as taking other common sense precautions. Click here for more information on the City’s preparations and resources available to residents.