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Staff Report
7:39 am PST January 11, 2019

Forecasters are calling for storms which are expected to bring moderate to heavy rain — or roughly 1/2 to 3/4 inch of rain per hour — Friday, Jan. 11, and Saturday, Jan. 12.

On Saturday evening, the City of Malibu extended its warning to also apply to Sunday, Jan. 13, saying residents should prepare for mud and debris flow, power outages, and road closures. More storms are anticipated Monday-Thursday, Jan. 14-17. Light rain is to continue late Monday night into Tuesday, and rain is expected to increase during the day on Tuesday. Tuesday night through Wednesday are expected to bring light rain.

A high surf advisory also is in effect through Sunday afternoon. On Saturday, Jan. 12, the LA County Department of Public Health cautioned against swimming, surfing and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks and rivers. The alert currently remains effective until 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17.

"Bacteria, chemicals, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to contaminate ocean waters at and around these outlets after a rainfall," the press release states. "Individuals who enter the water in these areas could become ill."

Recorded information on beach conditions is available 24 hours a day on the County's beach closure hotline, (800) 525-5662, or online at PublicHealth.LACounty.gov/Beach/.

Residents also are warned to drive with caution as storms move through the area.

On Friday morning, one lane in each direction of PCH was closed near Las Flores Canyon Road, and the traffic signals at both Las Flores and Rambla Pacifico Street were out. Southern California Edison also was working to replace two power poles in the area.

The California Department of Transportation planned to close Decker Canyon Road in both directions, from PCH to upper Mulholland Highway, starting at 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in anticipation of the storms. In recent events, the area has seen mud and rock slides.

The closure points are to be staffed by the California Highway Patrol. Residents with proper identification will be permitted access if conditions are safe.

Early Saturday morning, closures were implemented at Cuthbert Road, just west of Busch Drive, Harvester Road at Clover Heights Avenue and Cuthbert, and Bonsall Avenue at Rainsford Avenue. PCH was open to the western City limit. 

Information on road closures can be found at https://tinyurl.com/ycbwpdjb. 

To see detailed maps of the areas in Malibu that are at risk for post-fire flooding, mudslides and debris flows, visit www.malibucity.org/924/Flood-Vulnerability-Maps.