Storm keeps officials busy

Signal File Photo The incident command post at College of the Canyons for the storm on Sunday. Samie Gebers/ Signal

It has been a hectic day for first responders and public safety officials due to the heavy rain on Sunday.

According to Michael McCormick, a battalion chief with the LA County Fire Department, an incident command post was established at College of the Canyons at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

“We have unified command with L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, Department of Public Works and L.A. County Fire in preparation for this large storm that was approaching,” McCormick said.

According to city officials, preparation for storms like this one has always been important.

“We have our public works crew out around the clock clearing debris that came down on Friday and making sure they were as clear as possible,” Carrie Lujan said, communications manager for the City of Santa Clarita.

The city of Santa Clarita along with L.A. County Public Works worked to clear damages from Friday’s storm, which left many Sand Canyon residents with mud-filled streets and trenches.

Besides clearing roads, first responders have kept busy responding to numerous traffic collisions occurring throughout the day due to the rain.

“The fire department has (responded to) numerous traffic collisions on the streets and on the freeway,” McCormick said.

“The number of accidents has definitely increased, so it’s been a busy, wet day out there.”

McCormick reported that there were no major incidents as of 3:30 p.m.

While officials have been tirelessly responding to collisions and rescues, it is best to avoid those incidents all together.

“Don’t put yourself in a position where an accident can happen,” McCormick said.

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