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Lauren Coughlin, Editor
11:55 am PST November 20, 2018

In the worst kind of déjà vu, Malibu residents are urged to keep an eye out for emergency alerts tomorrow, Nov. 21.

With rain in the forecast and the potential for burn areas to see mudslides, rockslides and debris flow, City Manager Reva Feldman said the Los Angeles County Fire Department will order evacuations if safety issues are determined. Residents who do evacuate their homes are urged to leave their property gates open so that the department has access, Feldman added. 

The National Weather Service is anticipating 0.2-0.7 inches of rain Wednesday, Nov. 21, through early Thursday morning. Rockslides and mudslides are likely to affect canyon roads and Pacific Coast Highway, according to NWS, and road closures are possible. 

Sandbags will be available at the following fire stations in Malibu: Fire Station 70, 3970 Carbon Canyon Road; Fire Station 71, 28722 Pacific Coast Highway; Fire Station 72, 1832 Decker Road; and Fire Station 99, 32550 Pacific Coast Highway.

The Woolsey Fire was 96-percent contained as of Tuesday, Nov. 20, and the city of Malibu has reopened, with the exception of closures on Kanan Dume Road, Latigo Canyon Road and Corral Canyon Road.

“As of this afternoon, the entire city will be open to the city boundary to both ends on PCH, and to the city boundary on the mountainside, with the exception of certain canyon roads,” Feldman said Nov. 20.

Repopulation of Malibu took place in a staggered format to prevent significant traffic backup, among other factors.  It has been a cooperative process between the fire department, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, California Highway Patrol, the City and County, and Southern California Edison. 

Determinations were made based on when it was “physically safe” for people to return, Feldman said. 

More than 2,000 power poles were damaged in the City of Malibu, Feldman said, and power lines as well as debris had to be cleared from the street.

Still, some residents have come home to utility issues. Notably, power outages plagued some portions of Malibu yesterday as Edison repaired transmission lines and equipment from Kanan Dume Road to Tuna Canyon Road. 

In the entire Woolsey Fire area, 41,616 customers saw outages but 35,697 saw their power restored by 11:45 a.m. Nov. 19, according to SCE. The majority of those who had not yet had their power restored were in Malibu.

Edison representatives are available by phone at (800) 250-7339 from 6 a.m.- 9.p.m. Monday-Friday, and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays.

SCE representatives also are among those at Malibu’s disaster assistance center at the old Malibu courthouse. This week, the center will operate from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. today, Nov. 20, Wednesday, Nov. 21, Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24. It will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22, as well as Sunday, Nov. 25.