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Mandatory evacuations ordered for communities in face of whopper storm

Storm may produce record rainfall totals all over Southern California

 

Last updated 2/13/2019 at 6:21pm

Update: Feb. 13, 6:15 p.m.

A powerful storm likely to trigger flash flooding, mud and debris flows over the next two days in some areas of the Inland Empire prompted Riverside County public safety officials to mandatory evacuation orders this evening for neighborhoods in Lake Elsinore and the Temescal Valley.

The locations were impacted by the Holy Fire in August.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department had posted voluntary evacuation warnings -- which are strictly advisory but urge recipients to leave -- for the residential areas Tuesday, but as of 4 p.m., the warnings were elevated to orders.

All of the affected properties front the burn scar areas from the 23,000-acre Holy Fire within the Cleveland National Forest. Residents of the following neighborhoods were ordered to leave: Amorose, Alberhill, Alvarado-A, Glen Eden, Glen Ivy-A & B, Grace, Horsethief-A & B, Laguna-A, Maitri, McVicker-A, Rice and Withrow-A.

Evacuation warnings remain in effect for Alvarado-A and Lakeside-B.

A wide area skirting the eastern boundary of the Cleveland National Forest was left exposed to potential flood damage because of the Holy Fire, which denuded steep terrain below Santiago Peak, permitting water to flow unchecked onto lower slopes where subdivisions are situated.

A care and reception center has been established at Temescal Canyon High School, 28755 El Toro Road, Lake Elsinore.

Evacuation warnings are also in effect for areas impacted by the 13,000-acre Cranston Fire in August, including the Apple Canyon, Fleming Ranch, Hurkey Creek, and Strawberry Creek communities. The areas generally parallel state Routes 74 and 243 between Lake Hemet and Idyllwild, where the fire consumed large swaths of wilderness in the San Bernardino National Forest.

A care and reception center has been established at Idyllwild School, 26700 Highway 243.

Update: Feb. 13, 3:15 p.m.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department added a Lake Elsinore area zone to voluntary evacuation warnings for the Holy Fire burn scar area and told residents of the Cranston Fire burn area that they should also evacuate around noon on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Horsethief-B zone was added to the voluntary evacuation warnings for the Holy Fire burn area that already included Amorose, Alberhill, Alvarado- A, Glen Eden, Glen Ivy-A, Glen Ivy–B, Grace, Horsethief–A, Horsethief-B, Laguna-A, Lakeside-A, Maitri, McVicker-A, Rice, and Withrow-A.

A care and reception center is open at Temescal Canyon High School at 28532 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore.

Storms are anticipated for the Cranston Fire burn area and the following areas are under a voluntary evacuation warning: Hurkey Creek, Apple Canyon, Lake Hemet, and Fleming Ranch, according to the agency.

A care and reception center is open at Idyllwild School at 26700 Highway 243 in Idyllwild.

Check http://www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady or call (951) 940-6985 for more information or to find out if your home is in any of the zones listed above.

Update: Feb. 12, 5 p.m.

LAKE ELSINORE - The Riverside County Emergency Management Department issued voluntary evacuation warnings for the Holy Fire burn scar area in Lake Elsinore at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12.

The agency said residents in the following zones "should go now": Amorose Glen Ivy-B Maitri (Quarry), Alberhill (Pacific Clay), Grace McVicker-A, Alvarado-A, Horsethief-A Rice, Glen Eden, Laguna-A, Withrow-A, Glen Ivy-A, and Lakeside-A.

Residents are encouraged to check for updates online and can verify their zone at http://www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady.

A care and reception center is open at Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore.

Small animals are being accepted at the San Jacinto Animal Campus, located at 581 S. Grand Ave. in San Jacinto. Residents who need to evacuate large animals should contact Riverside County Animal Services at (951) 358-7387.

Residents with RVs/Motorhomes are being provided free hookups at Lake Skinner Recreation Area, 37701 Warren Road in Winchester and Rancho Jurupa Regional Park, 4800 Crestmore Road in Jurupa Valley.

Original Story:

RIVERSIDE - A storm system converging on the Inland Empire could result in record rainfall in some spots tomorrow and Thursday, and Riverside County officials advised residents who live along the foot of the Cleveland National Forest to be prepared for mandatory evacuations if flooding appears imminent.

According to the National Weather Service, a massive trough of low pressure loaded with energy from the Gulf of Alaska and a disturbance farther south in the Pacific will begin spreading across the region Wednesday, gathering strength as it makes landfall.

"Rainfall will become heavy at times on Wednesday night, with the heaviest rainfall on Thursday as the trough passes by to the north, providing additional lift of the tropical moisture,'' according to an NWS statement.

Forecasters said the moisture "plume'' will pack a one-two punch that could, cumulatively, produce as much as 10 inches of precipitation in isolated locations, mainly in and around mountains.

The western halves of Riverside and San Bernardino counties are predicted to receive anywhere from two to three inches as the atmospheric river rolls eastward, forecasters said.

Snow levels are generally expected to remain above 8,000 feet.

The Riverside County Emergency Management Department indicated that evacuation warnings, which are advisory only and urge recipients to leave for their own safety, are highly probable, and mandatory evacuation orders may follow at the first sign of flash flooding, mud and debris flows in the vicinity of burn scars within the Cleveland National Forest.

"Get ready now for potential evacuations,'' according to an EMD statement. "The National Weather Service is predicting this to be the largest storm we have experienced (this winter).''

National Weather Service

Details about how to prepare and where to go when an evacuation order is issued can be found at http://www.rivcoready.org. Residents can also sign up for emergency alert notifications via the website.

A wide area skirting the eastern boundary of the national forest, including Lake Elsinore and the Temescal Valley, was left exposed to potential flood damage because of the 23,000-acre Holy Fire in August. The blaze, allegedly the work of an arsonist, denuded steep terrain below Santiago Peak, permitting water to flow unchecked onto lower slopes where subdivisions are situated.

According to the NWS, fragments of another storm system will impact Southern California Friday-Sunday, during which scattered showers are in the forecast.

 

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