Storm keeps some roads closed

Sand Canyon Road is closed above Placerita Canyon Road in December. Dan Watson/Signal

County officials lifted the evacuation, kept some roads closed and, above all, urged safety.

Entry into “Hard Closure areas” will be limited to public safety, first responders, Kerjon Lee, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works said.

“Roads leading into the Val Verde area are open,” he said Monday.

Lee tempered the news of the evacuation being lifted, however, with a word of caution that the flash flood watch remained in place for most of Monday.

“Please be aware that road closures may be reinstated should flooding or debris flow occur,” he said. “Rainfall could trigger flash flooding anywhere in the watch area.”

Flash flooding and debris flows will be a particular threat in and below the recently burned areas, Lee said.

A list of the county’s emergency-related road closures include:

Soft closures:

  • Sand Canyon and Lost Canyon
  • Placerita Canyon and 14 Freeway

Hard closures:

  • Sand Canyon and Placerita Canyon heading to Bear Divide
  • Little Tujunga Road is inaccessible

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Important Numbers for those living in the city of Santa Clarita:

Emergencies Call 9-1-1

Public Downed Trees 661-290-2222

Public Storm Drain Back up 661-222-7222

Flooded Streets/Debris/Traffic Signals 661-294-2520

Sheriff 661-255-1121

Private Property Mudslide 661-286-4060

Power Outage (Southern California Edison) 800-611-1911

Southern California Gas Company 800-427-2200

Let these recent storms serve as a reminder for preparation. Make sure that you have an emergency kit that will last your family (and pets) seven days. This kit should include water, medications and any other essentials. You should have a kit in your home, car and at work.

Storm response operations are being coordinated by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and LA County Public Works; the County Office of Emergency Management; City of Santa Clarita and Fifth District Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

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