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A map of the Woolsey Fire burn area depicts potential flooding and mudslide hazards, with dark red areas and red areas being the most at risk. The likelihood of debris flow in a rainstorm with a peak 15-minute rainfall intensity of 24 mm/h is as follows: dark red: 80-100 percent; red 60-80 percent; orange 40-60 percent; peach 20-40%; yellow 0-20%. Image Submitted
Submitted by City of Malibu
10:55 am PST November 27, 2018

Rain is in the forecast for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties Wednesday, Nov. 28, and Thursday, Nov. 29.

All Malibu residents are urged to prepare for potential flooding, mudslides, power outages and evacuations.

The National Weather Service expects moderate to heavy rain starting Wednesday night for LA and Ventura Counties, with gusty southwest winds and into Thursday. Half an inch to two inches of rain is expected, and more on ocean-facing slopes.

During storm events, mud and debris flows are a very real and dangerous threat to the communities affected by the Woolsey Fire. Due to an increased probability of mud and debris flows in these fire areas, it is important to plan and prepare. Prepare for lack of water, power and natural gas, non-functional traffic signals, and roads that may be impassable. 

Mud and debris flows can have a devastating impact, including loss of life and home. Residents are urged to prepare for possible evacuations. Evacuation orders should not be taken lightly and are ordered because there is a threat to life and property. Evacuate early to reduce traffic congestion out of Malibu. 

Residents can pick up free, empty sandbags at Malibu area fire stations. 

Free sandbags (25 per person), sand and shovels are available at Malibu Fire Stations. Fire Station #70 (3970 Carbon Canyon Road), Fire Station #88 (23720 Malibu Road) Fire Station #99 (32550 Pacific Coast Highway), and Fire Station #72 (1832 Decker Road).

Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways, which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain. 

Road Hazards
Based on mud, debris, and other hazards, roads throughout the burn areas are subject to intermittent closures due to mud and debris flow. Use extreme caution as you drive through these areas. Watch for slippery road conditions and follow posted warnings and speed signs. 

On the roads, be cautious of emergency, utility and work crews and vehicles. Approach all intersections with caution. Traffic signals may be out due to storm-related power outages. Never drive into moving water. If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help. If flooding traps you in your car, stay inside. If the water rises higher, wait on top of your car for assistance. Do not step into moving water around your car. 

If you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Call 911 for emergency rescue personnel and, if possible, throw them a flotation device. 

Burn Debris Removal
Do not attempt to remove burn debris before this week's anticipated rain. Burn debris contains hazardous materials that can threaten public health. No debris removal from burned properties is allowed until inspections by state and county health officials have been completed and properties have been approved for debris removal. Burn debris must be properly inspected and disposed of. 

Utilities
Know how to shut off utilities. Beware of water around electricity, including downed power lines, generators, electric appliances, and your home electrical system. There may be intermittent power outages and associated street closures as power is restored throughout the impacted areas. For current power outages, visit the SCE outage center page.

As natural gas service is restored to areas that have been deemed safe, assessments and necessary repairs are underway. For safety reasons, customers should never attempt to restore natural gas service themselves. For questions about the service restoration process or about natural gas service, contact SoCalGas at (877) 238-0092 or visit the company's website.  

Flood Insurance
Find out if you have flood insurance and what your existing policy covers. Call your insurance agent or contact the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center at (800) 621-3362 for information about the NFIP or questions about an existing policy. 


Social Media channels to keep an eye on:
Los Angeles County Fire Department Twitter: @LACoFDPIO 
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Twitter: @LASDHQ 
Los Angeles County Public Works Twitter: @LACoPublicWorks
City of Malibu Twitter: @CityMalibu
City of Malibu Facebook: @CityofMalibu

Alerts

• Sign up for LA County Sheriffs Nixle Alerts

• Sign Up For City Malibu Disaster Notifications

• LA County Storm Preparation Guide

• Road Closures Map

• National Weather Service LA/Oxnard     

• FEMA Flood Insurance Program