First Came the Fires, Now the Rains | Disasters x 2

CALIFORNIA 

 

On January 5, 2018, Santa Barbara County began flooding (pardon the pun) Social Media and broadcasting to its citizens of impending dangers of increased risk of flood/debris flows due to the #ThomasFire. 

Credit: County of Santa Barbara

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

CAL FIRE is assisting Ventura County Fire Department and Santa Barbara County Fire in the Montecito, Summerland and Carpenteria areas (Santa Barbara County) due to flooding and mudflows.

PRO-ACTIVE NOT REACTIVE

Evacuation orders were issued on Sunday, January 7th for those living in or near the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire burn scars at noon on Monday, January 8th.  This is due to an approaching winter storm to sure to greatly impact these areas.

Alerting the Public, residents and visitors alike. Credit: Santa Barbara City OES

IMPACTED AREAS

Closures were beginning to occur as flooding in the area were rising.  The CHP closed the NB lanes of US 101 at Seacliff & SB lanes at Milpas due to flooding from the Thomas Fire burn area.  I-5 was left open as an alternate route.  SR33 was also closed just north of Ojai.  Santa Barbara CHP was still assessing damage in the area and requested all drivers avoid this area altogether. (1/9/2018 0515 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Santa Barbara CHP

It was also said for Santa Barbara County residents in the evacuation warning and order areas to shelter-in-place or go to higher ground and staying off of roadways.  Reports of mudslides, downed power lines and trees were said to be blocking roads. (1/9/2018 0602 Hours PST)

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

The Santa Barbara CHP closed all on and off ramps of US 101 between Seacliff and Milpas.  CAL Trans District 5 was in the process of closing each ramp.  They stated that there was a delay for road crews due to blockage.  They warned drivers that if they entered either section, they could be trapped. (1/9/0218 0643 Hours PST)

Around 0832 Hours PST, the CHP updated the closure list to include US 101 as closed SB at Milpas, NB at Seacliff and SR 126.  SR 33 was closed at Fairview. SR 150 was closed at Santa Ana.  

Montecito area. Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Later the CHP closed US 101 between Milpas and SR 126.  Drivers not heeding the CHP’s alerts about not entering the freeway were being reported getting stuck.  Signage was not in shutdown areas because transportation crews weren’t able to get them up in time as they too were stuck.  The freeway was listed as being impassable. (1/9/2018 1054 Hours PST)

Credit: Santa Barbara CHP

Freeways and roads in the Montecito area were reported as blocked with water and debris over the roadways.  The photos taken  by Santa Barbara CHP show the extensive damage and devastating impacts in the area.  Please heed all warnings and alerts from issuing Public Safety broadcasts or you too come became an unwanted and preventable statistic!  (1/9/2018 1336 Hours PST)

EVACUATIONS

The Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter for the Burn Evacuation Order areas at the Santa Barbara City College Cafeteria.  Access through the main college entrance. (1/8/2018 0750 Hours PST)

The large animal evacuation shelter for the Burn Areas Evacuation Order is at the Earl Warren Show Grounds.

PUBLIC SAFETY ANNOUNCEMENTS

* ALWAYS be ALERT and AWARE of your surroundings. 

Credit: CAL FIRE

* Stay away from fast moving water.  Though it may not look like it, it can pull you under or you could get injured by unseen hazards underwater.

Credit: Regional Flood

SOCIAL MEDIA

We are using hashtags #LARain #FireRainDamage 

(c) 2018 NW Fire Blog

 

TX Reeling From Post-Storm Affects – 2

POST SUMMARY State of Texas, known as The Lone Star State was hit extremely hard from by a Category 4 Hurricane (Harvey) that made landfall late evening on Friday, August 25, 2017.  It was downgraded to a Category 2 later but not before the storm unleashed its fury of downpours.  

This storm is due to produce ever more water than the areas can even hold flooding structures, infrastructures, threatening the State’s economy.    The storm reached its peak intensity slamming into Rockport sustaining much of the extreme amount of damage.  Many parts of the State have been devastated beyond recognition.

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” It is the first time since 9/11 that all 28 FEMA Urban SAR teams have been mobilized.”

– Jeff Stern, VA State DEM Coordinator

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DISTRESS CALLS

Call 9-1-1.  The US Coast Guard says do not report Distress calls over Social Media. You must report by calling 911.  Keep trying until you get through.

EVACUATIONS

Rosenburg, TX.  Mandatory evacuations for homes on Huntington Road. Unknown if bridge into area will hold as river levels are rising. Bridge is only escape out of area. (Posted by RPD 2202 Hours CDT). 

Bay City, TX. Mayor announces entire City is under a mandatory evacuation by 1300  hours on Monday, 8/28/2017, due to 10-foot flood expected. https://www.facebook.com/footstepsforthefallen/posts/645510148987649

Sugar Land, TX. Two LIDs are under mandatory evacuations. http://abc13.com/judge-mandatory-evacuations-for-two-sugar-land-lids/2349438/

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As of Aug 27, 2017,  there is NO evacuation orders in place for the City of Pearland. (This was fake news)

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(Credit: Rosenberg PD)

RESCUE TIPS

What to Do to Be Rescued.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

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Houston 911 received 56,000 calls (from 2200 hours Saturday, 8/26/2017 through 0100 hours on Sunday, 8/27/2017).  During an average day, they usually handle about 8,000 calls.  

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PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

No Drones in Disaster Recovery Zones.  TX Military Department has seen a rise of

Drone operators trying to get in on some action of their own, but did you know that it is extremely dangerous for those on the ground and in the air?  Did you know it is illegal and can not only net you a ticket, but some hefty jail time? It is true.  Here are some of the problems and where rescuers are working.

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FAA, DOD asking people not to fly drones in and around Houston, TX.  There have been reports of close calls by pilots.

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CLOSURES

WB I-10. Westbound I-10 being closed at mile marker 655 or about 40 miles east of Seguin due to flooding. (TxDOT – Yoakum)

Ben Taub Hospital, MD Anderson. Shutdown as of 1913 hours CDT.  These are the two trauma hospitals in the City.

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As of 0600 Hours CDT 8/27/2017, Houston TranStar logged 174 high-water road closures in the area. This included I-10, I-45, I-610, I-69, US 290, TX 225, TX 288,  Beltway 8 and TX 3 in Galveston, Texas.

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HOW TO HELP

Volunteers Needed.  City of Dallas, TX.  http://www.voly.org/join/index.html

Boats Needed.  Houston Police Department.  Call 713-881-3100.

Blood Donations. Austin hospitals need blood donations at We Are Blood, A Blood  Center in Central Texas.  https://weareblood.org/

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 Social media rumors tell of hundreds dead, thousands of rooftop rescues and millions of people stranded is #FakeNews. 

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SAFETY

Boil Water Alert.  City of Corpus Christi is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to the Storm’s destruction. Effective 8/25/2017, until further notice.

American Red Cross.  Safe and Well.  Register today so your loved ones can find you, or use as a way to find those who may be missing.  https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

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Turn Around, Don’t Drown campaign is critical in saving lives more than ever. 

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Facebook Safety Check.  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP.  https://www.facebook.com/safetycheck/hurricane-harvey-aug24-2017/about/

Emergency Alerts.  Sign up for Pearland, TX Residential Alerts here –> https://www.pearlandtx.gov/residents/get-connected/e-alerts  Government offices currently shutdown on 8/28/2017 and 8/29/2017 with a possibility of longer says their website.

Wading Through Flood WatersAVOID DRIVING, WALKING through flood waters.  6 inches of swiftly moving water can knock an adult over.  (NWS Houston)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are those who act as Partners and as in this State of Emergency – work together on Federal, State and Local levels to ensure resources are able to assist the area’s needs of the government, its people, property and its communities. Due to the vast amount of resources, we apologize ahead of time if we missed anyone!

American Red Cross.  100’s of volunteers are/have traveled all over the U.S. to lend their time, talents and compassion to victims and evacuees. 

LA Cajun Navy.  State of Louisiana sending the LA Cajuna Navy. 

TX Governor Greg Abbott  

Houston OEM

Houston PD.  SWAT team conducted several hundred high-water rescues and were still actively searching and conducting more rescue operations. (1713 CDT)

(Credit: Houston PD)

INTF-1 HAZMAT Support.  Indiana Task Force 1 arriving in Katy (near Houston), TX. (1834 PDT)

LAFD TF1.  70 members en route says LAFD Fire Chief Terrazas.

MA-TF1.  A FEMA Task Force is en route from Massachussetts and will soon joining others. (1810 PDT)

Miami-Dade Fire.  FL-TF1 en route to Texas to assist with SAR effects in affected areas.

(Credit: MDFR)

National Guard.  Multiple military trucks, Humvees and other vehicles that can tread water were seen driving down City streets.

New Jersey.  SAR crews were deployed.

FDNY – NYPD USAR NY TF1.  The Joint FDNY and NYPD USAR NY Task Force-1 deployed earlier today.

(Credit: FDNY)

PA TF-1.  40 members.  Leaving the PA Fire Academy and heading to South Texas.  (1917 PDT)

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies.  Hotline setup for people with Disabilities. 800-626-4959.

Sacramento Fire.  USAR TF7 sends 14-member water rescue team.  Crews drove 2,000 miles to their destination.

Salvation Army.  Previously shipped extra pallets of water and food on 8/23/2017.

Save The Children.  Setting up Child Friendly Spaces in evacuation shelters to help kids and families.  DONATIONS. Text “HURRICANE” to 2022 to donate $25 to the “Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey  Relief Fund”.

TX State, Emergency Management Department Is the main hub of activity that will coordinate Federal, State and local resources pouring into their State.

US Coast Guard Heartland.  The USCG is urging residents, people to be rescued to call the Houston # at 281-464-(4851) or (4852) or (4853) or (4854) or (4855).  Get on your roofs.  Tips:  Stay calm; don’t panic. Don’t go to the attic as rescuers cannot see you. Get to high ground immediately. Mark the roof to be seen from the air. Wave sheets, towels to be noticed.

USCG makes sure no Family member is left behind. Rescuing pets and their people. (Credit: USCG Heartland)

WA TF1 Urban SAR.  FEMA team from Pierce County, Washington State is sent to assist along with other FEMA units.

SHELTERS

American Red Cross Shelters.  Shelter Locator here –> http://www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter?utm_source=arctwitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=harvey

Harris County, TX.  Compiled list of open shelters. http://readyharris.org/News-Information/Ready-Harris-News/Post/26637

Katy ISD.  The Morton Ranch HS (MRHS) located at 21000 Franz  Road 77449 and the Cinco Ranch HS (CRHS) located at 23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd, both in Katy, TX will be opening at 0730 CDT on Monday.  They will be offering shelter, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to those in need.  DONATIONS of blankets, pillows, towels will be accepted at either High School beginning at 0730 hours.  SOCIAL MEDIA Channels are Katy ISD “OnTheGo” app. Website:  www.Katyisd.org.  Twitter:  @katyisd 

 

WEATHER TRACKERS

Storm Surge Tracker.  The NWS  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

There are multitudes of photos, storm images and other unimaginative descriptions of what those are truly seeing, hearing and experiencing.  We will share with you what they are feeling, see and what they are hearing.  Some photos are copyrighted so we will try to explain the best way we can as to what is being posted out there in the Social Media world.

(Credit: USCG Heartland)

USCG Heartland.  Sector Corpus Christi IMD members assess damage in Port Aransas, TX. 

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –>  http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT

Gas Prices.  National news media reporting gas prices are set to spike due to #HurricaneHarvey wreaks havoc on our vital energy facilities.  It is time to focus on rescues and saving lives.  This something that can easily be put back on the back burner.

Roadblocks.  I-10 freeway is now closed due to heavy flooding. Police are using multiple cruiser to keep motorists out of harm’s way.  A photo by a news media outlet shows mostly semis (approximately 8 semi rigs across and unknown how long the back-up is but there is no getting off this freeway by turning around.

Pet Rescues.  Social media reporting dog rescues are coming in at 60 per hour. 

Countries Pray for  Our U.S. Texas.  Canadian President: “Canadians are keeping the people of Texas in our thoughts – we’re ready to offer any assistance needed to help recover from this disaster.” – Justin Trudeau

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/27/2017 

Hurricane Harvey Slams into Texas – 1

Post Summary | A Category 4 Hurricane has slammed into the United States with a direct hit to the State of Texas. Many in Texas began preparation as early as August 23, 2017.

This post will be the first of many to come with us gleaning information from all over Social Media, news media, government sites and other additional countless sources.

We are posting by the date of when the information/storm details and other news was reported.  At the bottom of each update we will put the current publishing date and time.

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We are thinking of our friends in the Texas and those in the direct path where Harvey is due to impact.  Please heed all evacuation orders and listen to First Responders/Agencies helping with various resources.

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EOC / PARTNERS

TX State, Emergency Management Department.  State spends the day together to ensure State and Federal partners are ready to support to local partners. (8/23/2017)

Salvation Army.  Disaster Response delivers an additional 13 pallets of water and 10 pallets of clean-up kits for staging. (8/23/2017)

Local resources.  People gather together to fill sandbags. (8/24/2017)

ALERTS!

Pets Alive:  Austin Pets Alive are seeking foster families for evacuated pets arrival.  See news story here — > http://www.statesman.com/lifestyles/pets/austin-pets-alive-seeks-foster-families-after-evacuated-pets-arrive/TxRup2za5M9cB0qbZJJ7mI/ .

National Weather Service (NWS) of Houston, TX:  Flash Flood Warning for Lake Jackson, Freeport and Clute, TX.  https://twitter.com/NWSHouston/status/901344176301801472 (8/26/2017)

City of Corpus Christi:  City is under a WATER BOIL ALERT. Do not drink the water. Caused due to Storm’s destruction. (8/25/2017)

RESOURCES

Disaster Assistance & Recovery Info.  The City of Austin (TX) Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management have a wealth of info.  Go to their site here –> http://austintexas.gov/help (8/26/2017 @ 0417 CDT)

Facebook Safety Check:  Activated for this event. Log in to your Facebook page and register ASAP. (8/26/2017)

National Weather Service:  created the first-ever operational storm surge watch. Twitter @NHC_Surge. https://twitter.com/NHC_Surge/status/900376620543823872 Shows the current conditions. (8/23/2017)

Media:  Text messages will go through when calls won’t.  It will free up space for emergency communication. (8/24/2017)

EVACUATIONS  

Shelters:  Do not require you to show proof of ID. (8/25/2017)

News Media:  Island Campus students are ordered to evacuate/leave campus.  Required to be off campus by 0700 hours CDT.  Move-in day was supposed to be on 8/24/2017 but has since been postponed due to the incoming hurricane. (8/23/2017) 

News Media:  Pleas from posters ask pet owners not to leave pets tied up outside or leave them outside. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  RVs seen evacuating on ferries out of the Port Aransas area. (8/24/2017)

WEATHER

News Media:  WIND has been downgraded only.  There is due to be catastrophic & historic flooding that will continue for days even after the Storm has left the area.

News Media:  Rain has begun in Bexar County.  Heaviest will be to the SE. (8/25/2017 @ 0355 hours)

News Media:  Up to possible 10″ of rain in parts of Texas so far from the Storm.  (8/26/2017 @ 0359 hours)

News Media:  Rainbands reaching the TX coastline. (8/26/2017 / 0353 hours CDT)

News Media:  Storm was at a Cat4 made landfall on 8/25/2017.  Now down to a strong Cat2 but flooding threat is just beginning.   Reports of 25 mi NNW of Rockport, TX.  Moving NW at 6 mph.  Max winds @ 110 mph.  Min Pressure is at 954 mb. (8/26/2017 / 0352 hours CDT)

This is what a Cat4 Hurricane looks like in space. Credit: NASA

NWS of Lake Charles.  Current weather conditions in Miami, FL.  Storm weakening over land but water levels are still rising. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCUAT4+shtml/260758.shtml (8/26/2017)

Twitter Poster:  As of 0300 hours CDT.  Rockport, TX (25 mil NNW).  Victoria, TX (35 miles SSW).  (8/26/2017)

Corpus Christi Visitor Center:  Map released showing hurricane due to hit landfall on Mexico at 1000 hours CDT on Wednesday; to impact parts of Texas and Louisiana around 1000 hours CDT on  8/26/2017. (8/23/2017)  

News Media:  Map released of Houston, TX about to get poured upon this weekend and early next week.  Some rain projections of up to 36″ of rain! (8/23/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Weather predictions for TX are also affecting Costa Rica with high chances of rain. (8/23/2017)

EYEWITNESS REPORTS

Twitter Poster:  Rain was supposed to hit on 8/25/2017 @ 1900  hours with renewed time at 0300 hours.  Current time 0339 hours. No rain. (8/26/2017 / 0349 CDT)

News Media:   Residents at the Rockport (City of) Senior housing complex have been rescued. (8/25/2017 / 2300 CDT)

News Media:  Tornado damage in Sargent, TX. (8/25/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Tide begins to rise on an empty beach North of Bob Hall Pier. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   Water already rising into the barge docks across from the American Bank Center. (8/24/2017)

News Media:   A General Surgeon stays behind while his family flies out of the Corpus Christi airport. (8/24/2017)

Twitter Poster:  Raining then stopped at the University of Houston. (8/23/2017)

SOCIAL MEDIA  

News Media:  162,000  – 200,000 people in Corpus Christi without power and clean water.

Twitter Poster:  We will ride out this storm and it will be flooded all over Corpus Christi.  We will still end up with (water) restrictions. (8/23/2017)

Ignoring the Evacuation Order:  Some people have decided to ignore the evacuation order and now, some say – they did not know this was going to come and are stuck in their homes, businesses and other structures.

Thank you for reading our post.   Our next update will be later in the day on Saturday.

 

 

(c) 2017 The NW Fire Blog – Updated 8/26/2017 @ 0230 PDT

#LARain Continues to Drown California | Update 1

INCIDENT(S) SUMMARY

Drought to Flooding

Someone lied when they said, “It never rains in California” just received another six – nine inches of rain on Friday evening (around 1900 hours) prompting massive flooding, many traffic accidents, drivers getting stuck in the mud and running into the river.

Sink Hole Swallows Cars, Fire Truck

One video circulating the internet of two cars being swallowed into a sinkhole in Wrightwood.  Another shows where a fire truck sitting on the edge a sinkhole begins to skid sideways then topples on its right side down into the crater.

Water Rescues, Hard Road Closures

Swiftwater rescue teams were dispatched to rescue several drivers.  Police Officers were responding to calls to areas where heavy traffic was located, conducting hard closures and waiting for CAL Trans and County Public Works to arrive to completely shutdown the area to traffic.

FACT:  Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down & 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Be safe,turn around &don’t drown.

(Source: FEMA Region 9)

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

For those whom may not know what an Incident Cooperator is, here is the definition.  Incident Cooperators are those from an Agency, non-governmental, non-profits or anyone who assists with the Incident to help those in need, protect and serve, provide services or supplies, etc.  We think you get the picture.

Listed below are those such Partners.  We are adding those as info is being received throughout the the CA Storm event.

CAL OES

  • EOC activated by CA Governor
  • Working on coordinating recovery, sand bagging resources, Oroville Spillway shore-up
  • Checking on infrastructure lost in N Central and Central CA
  • Working with CAL Trans on closures and reconstructing roadways (emergencies)
  • S Cal OES Region EOC activated

Photo Credit: CAL OES

Photo Credit: South CAL OES EOC

COUNTY OF  LOS ANGELES 

Studio City

  • Sinkhole created, eats two cars.  Watch this video for stunning images.  http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/17/large-sinkhole-swallows-2-cars-in-studio-city/#.WKfYAZK2E8w.twitter

FEMA

  • Incident Management teams (IMT) on-scene
  • Helping with assistance
  • Has provisions for 25,000 people:  Food, Water for five days
  • Supplies also include:  cots, blankets, other supplies

RED CROSS

How YOU Can Help (Donate)

  • Red Cross volunteers are ready to help as heavy rains move in. To help, text “CAFLOODS” to 90099 to donate $10.

Photo Credit: American Red Cross

CAL TRANS

  • District 3:  Hard closures
  • District 7:  Pumped water off of I-15 @ Sheldon by using generators.
  • District 8: At sinkhole where Fire truck fell into sink hole.

Photo Credit: CAL Trans

COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

  • Emergency Text Messages (News/Alerts)  Text NOTIFYLA to 888-777 or NotifyLA.org

Photo Credit: City of Los Angeles

SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY

Hospitals

  • Antelope Valley:  Accepting ALS patients from diverted RR Hospital
  • Ridgecrest Regional Hospital:  Only accepting BLS patients; currently on divert

CLOSURES

  • Sante Fe / Ranchero Roads
  • Summit Valley / Ranchero Roads

VENTURA COUNTY

Santa Clara

  • The 2 patients and 2 dogs that were rescued from Santa Clara River by Air Squad 9 were transferred to Ventura City Fire Dept for evaluation.

FLOOD ADVISORIES

LA County

  • Two Flood Advisories in effect. LA County through 12:30 AM and a new advisory for SBA/VTU Counties through 2:30 AM. (NWS Los Angeles)

Ventura County

  • Moderate to locally heavy showers developing across Santa Barbara much of Ventura County. Could be a few thunderstorms overnight. (NWS Los Angeles)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Follow Us!

  • Twitter – @nwfireblog
  • Facebook – The NW Fire Blog

We are working to get add’l details.  Follow us on our Twitter page @nwfireblog for updates!

Incident Hashtags

  • #CAStorm
  • #LARain

Looking Through The Eyes of Social Media

  • Woodbridge @ Laurel Canyon:   Woman’s car fell into large sinkhole, LAFD firefighters rescued her.  (Twitter user)
  • 10 Freeway closed in South LA for standing water in lanes. (Media @ 1930)
  • Mud flow breached barriers in Iron Canyon earlier today. Never drive through rushing water/flooded roads. (Co Public Works @ 1930)
  • My Neighbor is Building an Ark, So Far He’s Got Two Chihuahuas and a Frightened Squirrel. (Twitter user/Humor)

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 0145 PST

 

 

 

CA Storm | Storm Aftermath | Update 4

 

California Statewide

The Storm has packed helluva fight with Mother Nature and Planet Earth, leaving a lot of pain and agony a long the way.  Here are some glimpses as to what destruction, closures and images have been left behind.

STORM FACTS

Snow Facts

  • Agua Dulce at elev. 2800 feet reported 2.5 Inches Of Snow. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall

  • L.A. receives 216% above average rainfall in four months. (Media)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Big Bear

  • Highways 18, 38, and 330 restricted to residents only. (NWS Los Angeles)

Long Valley

  • Avalanche Triggers Evacuations of McGee, Long Valley (Red Cross Los Angeles)

Mammouth Lakes

  • US 395 closed due to Mammouth Lakes is buried. (Media)

Oakland

  • A sinkhole! (CHP Oakland)
  • Closures for SR 24 to SR 13 for repairs have been completed and will be in effect till approx Wednesday afternoon. (Caltrans District4)

Santa Clarita

  • Canyon HS, 19300 Nadal Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

Wilmington

  • East Wilmington Greenbelt Community Center, 918 N Sanford Avenue, Wilmington CA 90744. (Red Cross Evacuation Shelter)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2206 PST

 

 

CA Storm | Storm Ravages State | Update 3

 

California Statewide

Since, we began reporting on the after ill effects of the multiple storms that have ravaged a much drought looking canvas has turned it into overwhelming amounts of water everywhere. Even those in the wine industry are seeing their crops being drowned and taking a huge hit from Mother Nature.

We are gleaning information from Social Media that includes media, government and users like you and I.  Here are some details happening in an area near you…..

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gusty winds expected today. Be alert near fallen trees/branches. Report downed lines to 911. (PG&E)

When we say “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” this is why! Doesn’t take much water (just 6 inches) to cause you to lose control of your car. (LA EMD)

If you can – stay home. Flooding, wires down, stranded vehicles all across LA. Pls do not turn yourself into a victim. (LAFDTalk)

Storm 3 not over potential scattered thunderstorms tonight through 1-23-17 may generate periods heavy rain flash flooding mud debris flows. (LA Office of Emergency)

STORM FACTS

Downtown Los Angeles has received 13.52″ of rain since Oct 1st 2016 which is 216% of the normal rainfall to date of 6.26″ (NWS Los Angeles)

All-time rainfall record at Long Beach today! Daily records at LAX & Camarillo too. (NWS Los Angeles)

Rainfall Totals for California (Photo Credit: NWS Los Angeles)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Alpine Meadows

  • Near Lake Tahoe. Avalanche conditions are extreme. Chains required.

Anaheim

  • Flash flood and high wind warning issued. (Anaheim FD)

Arroyo Grande

  • Responding to multiple reports of power lines down. Please stay indoors if possible. (Five Cities FD)

Atascadero

  • 101 north on ramp closed at San Anselmo.

Baldwin Park

  • Baldwin Park I10 W / Indian Hill Blvd **Roadway Flooding*. (Caltrans District 7)

Bay Area

  • Pinto Lake flooding across Green Valley Road. (Santa Cruz government)
  • Cells (showers) beginning to initiate off the coast. Expect thunderstorms for the this afternoon. (NWS Bay Area)
  • A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning. Please stay off of rocks and jetties and keep your eyes on the ocean. (NWS Bay Area)

Camarillo

  •   SR34/5th St closed. (Caltrans Dist 7)

Carson

  • The is underwater! Both sides shut down.

Davis

  • Hail is currently falling (Freelance Photographer)

Donner Summit

  • I-80 over Donner Summit. High winds & heavy snowfall, snowdrifts on the roadway. (Caltrans District 3)

Duarte

  • Evacuation Shelter open at Duarte City Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010. (Red Cross)

Garden Grove

  • E5 o/s large bldg in danger of flooding, evacuations in progress & requesting public works w/ sandbags. 12821 Knott St. (Fire Media)

Gold Run 

  • East of Gold Run to Nevada State border, chains are required.

Hwy 50

  • Hwy 50 holding traffic For Echo Summit from Chiappa to Meyers due to avalanche control. No ETO. (Caltrans District 3)

I80

  • I-80 is currently closed due to heavy snow and zero visibility. No ETO.

Laguna Beach

  • The coming down hard at Camel Pt and Coast Hwy. (Laguna Beach PD)

Long Beach

  • Here is flooding on 710/Willow in Long Beach. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 7)

  • Rain has turned showery & heaviest precipitation has ended. 3.87″ of rain fell in Long Beach, an all-time daily record-Widespread flooding. (Weather Media)

Los Angeles

  • Beginning to see flow in our local streams and creeks. Never drive through flowing water. Turn Around Don’t Drown! (NWS Los Angeles)
  • Topanga Cnyn N of Chatsworth St flooded. NBound traffic entering SBound lanes. (LAFD Valley Bureau CERT)
  • 710 freeway completely flooded at Pacific Coast Highway. (NWS Los Angeles)
  • The entrance to the Point Dume Beach parking lot is closed due to flooding. (LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors)
  • To report malfunctioning traffic signals call 311. Do not call 911. (LAFD Cert)
  • Mulholland closed due to rock slide at Summit Circle. (Media)
  • Laurel Canyon’s slide:  fallen tree cleared but detours & partial closures from previous mudslide remain in effect. (Los Angeles County)

Fwy draining. Need to remove tree and sweep, then open. Good to check in AM though for night rain. (Photo ((above)) Credit: Caltrans District 7)

Los Angeles County

  • LAFD swift water rescue team at Ballona creek looking for homeless encampments, trying to them to pack up. (Media)
  • 3 Firehawk helicopters staffed with specialized swiftwater rescue teams onboard. They are staged around for response. (LAcoFD)

Los Feliz

  • Gutters are an overflowing. (Government agency)

Malibu

  • Water fall onto Piuma Rd in . Beware of rock and mud flows on the cyn roads. Very dangerous. (Malibu SAR)

Montecito

  • Avoid Sycamore Canyon at Coyote in Montecito. (Pic showed downed trees everyone) reported by (Media)

Mt. Baldy

  • Mt Baldy Road has been closed at Ice House Canyon due to impassable conditions. (Mt. Baldy FD)

Orange County

  • Silverado Canyon’s voluntary evac lifted at 9 pm Sunday. #@OrangeCountyEOC deactivated. (Orange County EOC)
  • Skywarn is deactivated for today. Skywarn activation is requested for Monday. (Skywarn)

Orcutt

  • Tree comes crashing down onto mobile home. Residents evacuated in time. No reported injuries.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Highway completely shutdown due to flooding. (Photo Credit:  Caltrans)

Palomares

  • Niles Canyon closed due to rock and mudslide 1/4 mile east of Palomares.
  • Police: submerged solo vehicle accident into Niles Canyon/ Alameda Creek.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

  • Periods of heavy rain around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to west L.A. now. Look out for some flooded streets in the area. (Media)

Redding (10 mi North of)

  • NB SHA I-5 Vehicle screening in effect at Fawndale, 10 miles north of Redding. All traffic will be checked for chains. (Caltrans District 2)

Redondo Beach

  • Surf has cut through sand right up to bike path in Redondo Beach.

Riverside County

  • SR-71 SB to SR-91 EB connector closed due to flooding, unknown duration. (Caltrans District 8)

Running Springs

  • Heavy snow in Running Springs – 6 inches in 45 minutes! (Caltrans District 8)

SLO County

  • Water has taken over the playground along the Bob Jones Trail.

San Bernardino

  • PER ALL AGENCIES – TRAVEL NOT ADVISED ANYWHERE ON THE SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINTOP. (Public Safety Scanner source)

San Clarita

  • Evacuation Shelter opened at Canyon High School 19300 Nadal Street, San Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross)

San Gabriel 

  • San Gabriel & I-10 FWY underpass due to complete flooding of roadway. (City of Gabriel)

Santa Barbara

  • Street closed at Loma Alta @ Cornell, Santa Barbara. Homes reported as okay in this area. (Media)

Santa Barbara County

  • SR-173/SR-138, MM 24, all lanes blocked — road closed for swift water rescue due to flooding, unknown time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)
  • SR-18 from Arrowbear to Snow Valley, MM 34 to 36, multiple vehicles stuck in roadway blocking all lanes, unk time to clear. (Caltrans District 8)

Santa Clara

  • Flash Flood Warning for Southeastern Santa Clara and Northwestern San Benito County until 1830 hours tonight.

Santa Clara County

  • Glenwood Drive, a Hwy 17 bypass , collapsed, impassible.

Santa Monica Mountains

  • Due to heavy rains, we are closing Solstice Canyon and Paramount Ranch.

Signal Hill

  • Avoid Walnut Ave/33rd St and California between Willow St and Spring St due to flooding. (Signal Hill PD)

SR27

  • SR27/Topanga Cyn Blvd @ Old Topanga closed due to slide. (Caltrans District 7)

Stockton

  • Down tree blocking street in 2700 blk Bonnie Ln. (Stockton PD)

Thousand Oaks

  • Cascading waterfalls from Santa Monica Mtns. not seen in years. (Media)
  • Potrero Crk @ Foxfield hasn’t seen water in abt 7 years! (Media)

Ventura County

  • Text VCALERT to 313131 to receive emergency notifications in Ventura County. Visit www.vcalert.org for more information. (Ventura County OES)
  • Firefighters from station 50 assisted 4 children with mom and dad who got stranded in a flooded intersection on Pleasant Vly Rd. (VCFD)

Watsonville (7 miles East of)

  • Hwy 129 about 7 miles east of Watsonville near Aromas is CLOSED each way by rock slide, use San Juan Rd as detour.

Yolo Bypass

  • “Everything’s submerged, higher than I’ve seen it since I was a kid.” (Photojournalist)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

Weather Humor

“Maybe this insane amount of rain SoCal is getting is just God crying over the current state of America.” — This is the best one so far and we love it!

“Noah and his Ark just went down my street.”

“Remind your kids not to play in flooded yards. floodwaters contains things like garbage, sewage and bacteria.” (Media) – Great reminder. – Ed.

“There are two kinds of drivers in LA when it’s raining… those driving 10 MPH and those doing 90 MPH. There is no in between.” – Slow down ppl. – Ed.

‘Santa Monica Boulevard? More like Santa Monica Canal.”

“California went from mad max to water world in one month.”

“It’s not raining. It’s alternative drought.”

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 2201 PST

 

 

CA Storm in Storm Images | Update 2

So many areas across the State of California are getting hit hard by rain and snow seen like never before in the last decade.  It is causing whirlwind flooding, avalanches, mud and landslides.

Here is a recap of what is transpiring in California at this moment in Storm Images.  All photos are the sole property of those we give Photo Credit to and are in the Public Domain on the web.  We do not claim any ownership to them.  What we claim rights to is the content we post on this page.

Wilmington

The faces of the #HeroesInRed who just rescued five people in Wilmington. #LAFD  Lightforce 64 Swiftwater Team. (Photo Credit:  LAFD David Ortiz)

San Bernardino County – SR-71 SB to SR-91 EB. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 8)

San Diego Police have closed several roadways (pls watch for Update 3). (Photo Credit: SDPD.)

The Niles Canyon rock and land slide. (Photo Credit: Alameda County Sheriffs Office)

Flooding in Camarillo across all lanes, forced the closure of the road by Caltrans and local Police. (Photo Credit: Caltrans District 7)

A good reminder by CALFire for all drivers to avoid flooded areas. It may look shallow but it can swamp your car within seconds.  (Photo Credit: CALFire)

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

 

 

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1825 PST

 

 

CA Storm | Devastation Across the State | Update 1

So many areas across the State of California are getting hit hard by rain and snow seen like never before in the last decade.  It is causing whirlwind flooding, avalanches, mud and landslides.

Here is a recap of what is transpiring in California at this moment. Information has been gleaned from Social Media users, governments and media.

INCIDENT COOPERATORS

Incident Cooperators are agencies that work together on one or more incidents as “partners”.  This is a compiled list of those said to be attached, to be deployed or assigned or have recently assisted with various incidents. Note: As we compile information, Incident Cooperators will be added as we receive them.

 Alameda Co Sheriffs Office

American Red Cross

Five Cities FD

LAcoFD

LAFD Swiftwater Team

NWS Los Angeles

Orange County Skywarn – Weather Spotter have been activated at the request of the .

PG&E

San Diego Fire Department

San Diego Firefighters, lifeguards and rescue teams attending operational briefings in preparation for next storm.

Ventura County OES

Ventura County EOC has been activated at 6:00 AM today for the January storm watch. NWS has issued an Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory for Ventura County from 7:30 AM until 1:30 PM.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS

Gusty winds expected today. Be alert near fallen trees/branches. Report downed lines to 911. (PG&E)

When we say “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” this is why! Doesn’t take much water (just 6 inches) to cause you to lose control of your car. (LA EMD)

CURRENT CONDITIONS BY AREA

Alpine Meadows

  • Near Lake Tahoe. Avalanche conditions are extreme. Chains required.

Anaheim

  • Flash flood and high wind warning issued. (Anaheim FD)

Arroyo Grande

  • Responding to multiple reports of power lines down. Please stay indoors if possible. (Five Cities FD)

Atascadero

  • 101 north on ramp closed at San Anselmo.

Bay Area

  • Pinto Lake flooding across Green Valley Road. (Santa Cruz government)
  • Cells (showers) beginning to initiate off the coast. Expect thunderstorms for the this afternoon. (NWS Bay Area)
  • A High Surf Advisory remains in effect until Tuesday morning. Please stay off of rocks and jetties and keep your eyes on the ocean. (NWS Bay Area)

Camarillo

  •   SR34/5th St closed. (Caltrans Dist 7)

Carson

  • The is underwater! Both sides shut down.

Davis

  • Hail is currently falling (Freelance Photographer)

Donner Summit

  • I-80 over Donner Summit. High winds & heavy snowfall, snowdrifts on the roadway. (Caltrans District 3)

Duarte

  • Evacuation Shelter open at Duarte City Center, 1600 Huntington Drive, Duarte, CA 91010. (Red Cross)

Garden Grove

  • E5 o/s large bldg in danger of flooding, evacuations in progress & requesting public works w/ sandbags. 12821 Knott St. (Fire Media)

Gold Run 

  • East of Gold Run to Nevada State border, chains are required.

Laguna Beach

  • The coming down hard at Camel Pt and Coast Hwy. (Laguna Beach PD)

Los Angeles

  • Beginning to see flow in our local streams and creeks. Never drive through flowing water. Turn Around Don’t Drown! (NWS Los Angeles)
  • Topanga Cnyn N of Chatsworth St flooded. NBound traffic entering SBound lanes. (LAFD Valley Bureau CERT)
  • 710 freeway completely flooded at Pacific Coast Highway. (NWS Los Angeles)
  • The entrance to the Point Dume Beach parking lot is closed due to flooding. (LA County Department of Beaches and Harbors)
  • To report malfunctioning traffic signals call 311. Do not call 911. (LAFD Cert)

Los Angeles County

  • LAFD swift water rescue team at Ballona creek looking for homeless encampments, trying to them to pack up. (Media)
  • 3 Firehawk helicopters staffed with specialized swiftwater rescue teams onboard. They are staged around for response. (LAcoFD)

Los Feliz

  • Gutters are an overflowing. (Government agency)

Montecito

  • Avoid Sycamore Canyon at Coyote in Montecito. (Pic showed downed trees everyone) reported by (Media)

Mt. Baldy

  • Mt Baldy Road has been closed at Ice House Canyon due to impassable conditions. (Mt. Baldy FD)

Orcutt

  • Tree comes crashing down onto mobile home. Residents evacuated in time. No reported injuries.

Pacific Coast Highway

  • Highway completely shutdown due to flooding. (Photo Credit:  Caltrans)

Palomares

  • Niles Canyon closed due to rock and mudslide 1/4 mile east of Palomares.
  • Police: submerged solo vehicle accident into Niles Canyon/ Alameda Creek.

Palos Verdes Peninsula

  • Periods of heavy rain around the Palos Verdes Peninsula to west L.A. now. Look out for some flooded streets in the area. (Media)

Redondo Beach

  • Surf has cut through sand right up to bike path in Redondo Beach.

Riverside County

  • SR-71 SB to SR-91 EB connector closed due to flooding, unknown duration. (Caltrans District 8)

Running Springs

  • Heavy snow in Running Springs – 6 inches in 45 minutes! (Caltrans District 8)

SLO County

  • Water has taken over the playground along the Bob Jones Trail.

San Clarita

  • Evacuation Shelter opened at Canyon High School 19300 Nadal Street, San Clarita, CA 91351. (Red Cross)

Santa Barbara

  • Street closed at Loma Alta @ Cornell, Santa Barbara. Homes reported as okay in this area. (Media)

Santa Barbara County

  • High wind warning remains in place through 7 p.m. with a concern for downed trees and power lines.

Santa Clara

  • Flash Flood Warning for Southeastern Santa Clara and Northwestern San Benito County until 1830 hours tonight.

Santa Clara County

  • Glenwood Drive, a Hwy 17 bypass , collapsed, impassible.

Santa Monica Mountains

  • Due to heavy rains, we are closing Solstice Canyon and Paramount Ranch.

Signal Hill

  • Avoid Walnut Ave/33rd St and California between Willow St and Spring St due to flooding. (Signal Hill PD)

Stockton

  • Down tree blocking street in 2700 blk Bonnie Ln. (Stockton PD)

Thousand Oaks

  • Cascading waterfalls from Santa Monica Mtns. not seen in years. (Media)
  • Potrero Crk @ Foxfield hasn’t seen water in abt 7 years! (Media)

Ventura County

  • Text VCALERT to 313131 to receive emergency notifications in Ventura County. Visit www.vcalert.org for more information. (Ventura County OES)
  • Firefighters from station 50 assisted 4 children with mom and dad who got stranded in a flooded intersection on Pleasant Vly Rd. (VCFD)

Yolo Bypass

  • “Everything’s submerged, higher than I’ve seen it since I was a kid.” (Photojournalist)

SOCIAL MEDIA

Hashtags Used

#LArain, #CASTORM, #CA, #mudslide, #cawx, #I80, #Sierra

Weather Humor

“Maybe this insane amount of rain SoCal is getting is just God crying over the current state of America.” — This is the best one so far and we love it!

“Noah and his Ark just went down my street.”

“Remind your kids not to play in flooded yards. Floodwater contains things like garbage, sewage and bacteria.” (Media) – Great reminder. – Ed.

“There are two kinds of drivers in LA when it’s raining… those driving 10 MPH and those doing 90 MPH. There is no in between.” – Slow down ppl. – Ed.

‘Santa Monica Boulevard? More like Santa Monica Canal.”

(c) 2017 The #NWFireBlog – Updated 1530 PST