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Corona issues mandatory evacuation orders as storm brings risk of ‘life-threatening flooding’

By in Press Enterprise on January 10, 2018

By Nikie Johnson

Corona issued a mandatory evacuation order for about 150 houses in the Sierra del Oro neighborhood Tuesday afternoon as the National Weather Service warned that “life-threatening” flash flooding or debris flows could be imminent in the area burned by last year’s Canyon fire.

“Do not delay evacuating until the rain becomes severe,” the city urged affected residents. “Debris flows can occur without any notice, and evacuation routes can quickly become impassable due to mud and debris or flooding.”

They encouraged people to bring their pets with them, as it may be awhile before they can get back to their homes.

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The American Red Cross has set up an evacuation center at Corona High School at 1150 W. 10th St. Pets can be boarded at the Corona Animal Shelter at 1330 Magnolia Ave.

Areas of Corona that are shaded orange were put under a mandatory evacuation order Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, as the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for areas near last fall’s Canyon fire. (Courtesy of city of Corona)

The homes affected are the same ones that had been under a voluntary evacuation notice since Monday night. The city has posted a map and a list of specific addresses online.

Residents with questions may contact the Corona Public Information Hotline at 951-817-5800, go online to CoronaCA.gov/StormWatch and check city’s social media sites.

The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning just before 4 p.m., saying that moderate to heavy rain had been falling over the Canyon fire burn area. The warning was updated at 5 p.m. to note that the heavy rain had ended, but light showers were continuing through the evening.

“Debris flows are possible within and downstream of the Canyon […]    

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