Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
UPDATE, 3:31 p.m.: The following evacuation shelters will open at 5 p.m. for residents impacted by today's storm. Sylmar High School is no longer a planned shelter location.
Sylmar Recreation Center: 13109 Borden Ave.
Westwood Recreation Center, 1350 Sepulveda Blvd.
REGION – Communities affected by the Creek Fire still have time to evacuate before mandatory orders will be given to leave at 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Crescenta Valley deputies and deputies from surrounding stations, even as far as Industry, went door to door, notifying residents that evacuation orders will be mandatory tonight.
The areas affected by the evacuations are Lopez Canyon, Little Tujunga Canyon and Kagel Canyon. Notices were given last night urging residents to leave before the rain falls, according to Lt. Mark Slater of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
Sylmar High School, 13050 Borden Avenue, in Sylmar will be the designated evacuation center. Horses and other large animals can be taken to Hansen Dam Recreation Center, 11798 Foothill Blvd., Slater said.
A powerful storm is expected to bear down on the area starting Wednesday night.
The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for recent burn areas. Moderate to heavy rain is expected to hit the area by late Thursday or early Friday, but the most widespread rains look to be focused along a cold front pushing through the region tonight, the National Weather Service said.
Rainfall rates are expected to range from two to five inches across coastal and valley areas, with five to 10 inches across the foothills and coastal slopes, the NWS said.
Rain is expected to fall up to .6 to .75 inches per hour or higher Thursday.
The storm is expected to last until Friday.