Evacuation Orders Set for San Gabriel Valley Foothill Communities

The possibility of mudslides from a strong storm system has officials urging residents to evacuate

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    A storm system moving into Southern California Thursday had officials calling for mandatory evacuations in Azusa. The area was burned during the Colby fire, and authorities were concerned about the possibility of mudslides in the area. Toni Guinyard reports live for Today in LA on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (Published Thursday, Feb 27, 2014)

    Mandatory evacuations for the San Gabriel Valley foothill communities of Azusa and Glendora are possible as another strong storm system moves into Southern California.

    Voluntary evacuations were issued on Wednesday as rain touched down on the Ridge View Drive area of Azusa, but with a stronger storm expected on Thursday mandatory evacuations were set for noon.

    Azusa police made the decision for evacuations after speaking with National Weather Service representatives, according to a statement.

    The neighborhood was burned in January’s Colby fire, forcing residents to stack sandbags around their properties for protection from possible mudslides and debris flows as the rain moistens the hillsides.

    Police said an alert message would go out at the time of the mandatory evacuations. An evacuation center was set up at the Crowther Teen & Family Center located at 241 W. Dawson Ave.

    Extra officers were going to be patrolling the affected neighborhood to prevent criminal activity while residents are away from their home.

    In neighboring Glendora, voluntary evacuation orders were issued Wednesday. Officials planned to meet Thursday to decide whether mandatory evacatuions are necessary.

    NBC4's Jonathan Lloyd contributed with this report.