Thursday, January 21, 2010
We Interrupt The Blog To Bring You This
First I want to thank everyone that has sent messages to inquire as to my well-being in the storms we are having here. Fortunately for me, nearly all the hilly areas around me are covered in concrete. In case you haven't been here - Los Angeles is very hilly, unlike say Orlando or Baltimore that are flat. My house is probably about 50 - 75 feet above sea level, but paved roads are between me and the coast as well as enough distance. There is, however, some natural hill behind the house that separates me from the neighbors. It is covered in ample brush that should keep it in place *fingers crossed*.
Others are not faring so well. For example, parts of La Canada Flintridge and San Pedro are under mandatory evacuation orders. You can read about specific evacuation instructions here.
For information about evacuations in the Los Angeles area call 3-1-1 if you're local or (800)439-2909.
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is also on Twitter with updates throughout the day. The hashtag #LArain also has information and links for more resources (among the cancellation and closure gripes).
In the city of Long Beach you can sign up for road closure email alerts here. The 710 and 405 have been quite flooded in this area.
For news on the storm from Ventura County all the way to the Mexican border click here.
Also, I just want to put out there that if anyone is concerned about a loved one that is in the Culver City/Marina Del Rey/El Segundo/LAX area please don't hesitate to let me know. This is my daily travel circle and I'm happy to check on your grandmother if you're worried about her. I'm washable, have rain gear, and an SUV.