LA Consulate issues advisory on rainstorms

LOS ANGELES — The Philippine Consulate General issued an advisory yesterday (Tuesday) informing all Filipinos and Filipino-Americans that based on information from the Santa Barbara County and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Departments, rainstorms in Southern California has caused mudslides and flooding, particularly those in areas affected by the recent Southern California fires.

Santa Barbara County

Evacuations have been issued for areas below the Thomas, Whittier, Sherpa and Rey Fire Burn Areas beginning at 12 p.m. Monday, January 8, 2018 due to an approaching winter storm. The mandatory order includes the Calle Ecuestre and Calle Quebrada west of Gato Canyon (near Goleta). A voluntary Evacuation Warning has been issued for parts of Tepusquet Canyon near the Alamo Fire Burn Area, east of Santa Maria.

Los Angeles County

The LA City Emergency Management Department urges residents in recent burn areas to be aware of potential hazards in their area as heavy rains move into Los Angeles. There are no mandatory evacuation orders in the City of Los Angeles at this time but residents near the recent burn areas are advised to be prepared to evacuate if ordered to do so by public safety officials.

IN another advisory, the Philippine Consulate General informed all Filipinos and Filipino-Americans that the Los Angeles Police Department is issuing a Mandatory Evacuation Order for the La Tuna Fire burn area due to the recent storm activity in Southern California.

Those residing in 23 homes between 8300 and 8800 La Tuna Canyon Road are being evacuated by the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department personnel.

The Philippine Consulate General is continuously coordinating with government officials and Filipino-American communities in obtaining situation reports on the rainstorm and mudslides.

The Philippine Consulate General advised all “kababayans” in the affected areas to undertake all necessary precautions and take heed of the warning and orders of local authorities.

For Santa Barbara County residents, list of the areas ordered for mandatory and voluntary evacuations, shelters, school closures and road closures, can be found at the Santa Barbara County website through this link: http://www.countyofsb.org/. For updates, please check the Twitter Feed of the Santa Barbara County (@countyofsb). An information line is available for storm updates, evacuation information and transportation assistance. The number is (805) 681-5542 or text (805) 699-0165.

For Los Angeles County residents, please check the social media accounts and Twitter Feed of the Los Angeles Fire Department (@LAFD, @lacofdpio & @LACo_FD) and follow the Los Angeles Police Department’s Twitter account (@LAPDFoothill)..

In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately. For any assistance, the Philippine Consulate General may be reached at its emergency hotline: 1 (213) 268-9990 or ATN hotline at 1 (213) 587-0758.

For Los Angeles County residents, please check the social media accounts and Twitter Feed of the Los Angeles Fire Department (@LAFD, @lacofdpio & @LACo_FD) and follow the Los Angeles Police Department’s Twitter account (@LAPDFoothill), for updates.

In case of a life-threatening emergency, please call 9-1-1 immediately. For any assistance, the Philippine Consulate General may be reached at its emergency hotline: 1 (213) 268-9990 or ATN hotline at 1 (213) 587-0758.