El Nino Safety Guide

Slide closes Vasquez Canyon Road

Vasquez Canyon Road is closed east of Bouquet Canyon due to a landslide that is uplifting and buckling a 150-foot stretch of roadway. Cracks on the slope above the road are active and continue to expand and the heave is continuing to rise in height. Public Works engineers and geologists are investigating the cause.

Power poles along the roadway have also been affected and have since been de-energized.

Hard closure of Vasquez Canyon Road is in effect between Lost Creek Road to Vasquez Way until further notice. Deviation of the roadway was first reported around noon on Thursday, November 19; deformation grew more pronounced throughout Thursday afternoon.

The City of Santa Clarita is recommending Sierra Highway as an alternate route.

SBA AV disaster loan center open

Antelope Valley businesses and residents affected by recent flash flooding and mudslides can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.

The SBA, in conjunction with the LA County Office of Emergency Management and the cities of Palmdale and Lancaster, is opening a temporary service center to process claims arising from the October 15, 2015, storm.

The Los Angeles County Outreach SBA Disaster Loan Center opens at the former Palmdale Public Safety location at 827 East Avenue Q9, in Palmdale, on Wednesday, November 18. The center will operate Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. During the Thanksgiving holiday, the center will close at noon on Wednesday, November 25 and will re-open at 1 p.m. on Monday, November 30.

The center’s final day will be Thursday, December 3, 2015, closing at 6 p.m.

For more information, and phone and online links, click here.

High wind warning for valleys

The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for high winds and very low humidity in northwestern Los Angeles County. The warning is in effect from 9 a.m. Thursday, November 12 through 6 p.m., Friday, November 13.

Gusty northeast winds of 35-40 mph are predicted, with isolated gusts to 45 mph in the hills.  Strongest winds will affect the Santa Clarita Valley, and northern/western portions of the San Fernando Valley.

A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions are expected.