I just got off the phone with Mom and Dad. They had a horrible night, huge storm, lots of flooding in the streets. So far, their home is still ok, lots of water flowing off hill but not much mud on their property. Many of their neighbors not faring as well. Seven homes were lost during the night in their neighborhood from mudflows. There were also some fatalities in SoCal as people, trying to escape in their cars, hydroplaned and crashed. Some more info in LA Times article here: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2010/02/As I was talking to my parents on the phone, the police came to the door and told them to get off the hill ASAP. Another storm cell is moving in, possibly worse than the one that just passed. Mom and Dad were very worried because the flood control folks had not showed up and removed the barriers that allows mud flows to go past house and into street as they have in the past few storms. The reason the emergency crews are not up on the hill is that the flooding and mud on Ocean View is so bad that they are having problems getting trucks and equipment up there. Police have Ocean View closed at Foothill Blvd due to mud, water, and debris in the street, including cars and krails washed down the hill. The police, who have my sincere thanks, are helping Mom and Dad put up some boards, remove others, and put their bags in the car, so they can get them out of there. I got off the phone and asked Mom to call when they got off the hill and were safe. They cannot go to the Arrowhead house, it is snowed in. They have no idea where they are going, but the first priority is to get off that damn hill. I will keep updating the blog as I get more info... Greg
Update 10:28am: http://cbs2.com/local/storm.rain.flood.2.1475006.html
Update 11:09am: Ben Boychuk is providing my best avail. running summary of storm and flood/mud info in #stationfire area right now http://twitter.com/benboychuk/
The "Storm of January 2010" has hit California like a freight train. My folks, just recovering from the trauma of the Station Fire in La Canada, are "on the road" again, evacuating their home due to the danger of mudslides.Once again, I find myself wanting much more information about the situation up here in the Redwoods of Northern California than is easily available. Similar to the info source I set up and referenced in my blog post(s) about the Station Fire, I have setup a new "TweetGrid" with three columns to help provide information to all those interested in the #LaCanada #MudSlides. TweetGrid #LaCanada #MudSlides: http://is.gd/6xXpk The first column of my TweetGrid is a twitter list which currently has four informative twitter accounts on it, I shall keep adding accounts to this list as I identify informative twitter accounts, and the tweetgrid should automatically update. The second TweetGrid column uses the following search string: "La Canada" OR #lacanada OR mudslide OR #mudslides OR "Station Fire" OR #stationfire. The third column is "La Crescenta" OR Sunland OR Tujunga OR Moorpark OR "Ocean View" OR Briggs OR "Angeles Crest" OR "Angeles National Forest" AND -chiropratic NOTE: the "-chiropratic eliminates any tweet containing the word, "chiropratic." If you are bugged by non-relevant search results in your TweetGrid setup, find a unique relevant word that will eliminate that from the search, add a minus sign, and put it in the search string just like I did with "-chiropratic AND" Hang on tight folks, the storm and mudslides are going to end up a worse disaster than the Station Fire itself. Lets keep an eye out for each other, whether we are in the middle of the mud, or a thousand miles away. We cannot stop the rain or the mud, but we can prove we are not going anywhere, and, to quote Jerry, "we will survive."
Had a wonderful evening out last night. Lauria and Joe watched Logan, and we went out to Kyoto's for dinner.We had excellent food and service. Jenny and Eric at Kyoto maintain the highest standards and have crafted the restaurant into something truly unique and wonderful. Our waitress, Megan was fantastic. My daughter, Lauria, had talked Eric into making Okonomiyaki for her the night before, it had Unagi and Avocado on top, and multiple sauces on the side, and when we asked, they make it for us too! Spicy Crab roll, Fried Oyster handroll, Miso, Raw Albacore Roll, lots of other goodies too. But the dessert, ah the dessert. Ice cream with maple, berries and fruit, and chocolate covered bacon. That's right, CHOCOLATE COVERED BACON! From there it was on to the Preservation Hall Jazz Band show at HSU. What a great show. I know I seem to say that about each show we have been to this year, but it is just simply true! They played a 14 minute set of one of my favorite tunes, "St. James Infirmary". They also played their classic "When the Saints Go Marching In" finale complete with a Bourbon Street-style parade around the theatre and up onto stage where we got to watch for quite a while. Here is a iPhone photo and a video clip with a little taste of what our view was like from on-stage.