With heavy rains hitting the foothills early this morning, city officials have raised the Colby Fire alert status to orange.
An orange status means:
- Voluntary evacuation orders in effect.
- Residents directed to remove vehicles, trash bins, other obstructions from streets and/or travel lanes prior to evacuating as they will be subject to tow or removal by authorities.
- Residents will be directed to an Evacuation Center at the Crowther Teen & Family Center, 241 West Dawson Avenue. (click for map)
- Residents electing not to evacuate will be asked to sign a Refusal to Evacuate Form acknowledging their awareness of the hazards/risk and assuming all liability for the decision to remain and shelter in place.
- Those persons staying should move to the highest point within their home.
- Residents who do cooperate with the evacuation order will be afforded the opportunity to re-gain entry to their residential area at the discretion of the Police Department upon the showing of proof of residency and signing a waiver form acknowledging their decision to re-enter and/or remain.
A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect in effect for recent burn areas, such as the Colby Fire Burn Area, starting today at 8 a.m., lasting until 6 a.m. Wednesday.
Rainfall rates of one half inch per hour are expected for several hours at a time, which could produce significant mud and debris flows, according to the National Weather Service.
The worst rain is expected around 10 a.m. today, said Glendora City Manager Chris Jeffers.