LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE, Calif. – A new winter storm washed over the wildfire-scarred foothills north of Los Angeles Tuesday, leaving some residents to flee their homes in baggage-laden cars while others used shovels and buckets to try to hold back the muddy deluge.
Officials issued evacuation orders for 541 homes on the hillsides of La Canada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Acton and two canyons. Several streets in the city of Sierra Madre spent several hours under evacuation orders that were later lifted.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies went door to door, urging people to leave; those who refused signed waivers acknowledging they were aware of the risk.
Sheriff’s deputies also asked residents to move their vehicles and trash cans away from the streets, where heavy rain took residents and officials by surprise on Saturday by washing away cars, punching holes in houses and inundating homes with mud.