County Board Ratifies Proclamation of Local Emergency

Following the devastating La Tuna Fire that has burned over 7,000 acres, impacting the cities of Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, and unincorporated county areas, a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger was unanimously approved to ratify the proclamation of a local emergency which will be forwarded to the Governor’s office to access state and federal assistance.

This proclamation will remain in effect until terminated by the Board of Supervisors and all county departments and agencies are directed to continue providing assistance and monitoring efforts as applicable.

In anticipation of winter storm-related floods in the impacted burn areas, the Department of Public Works will continue to assess, repair and reinforce public infrastructure including roadway drainage facilities, drainage basins, and flood control facilities, and will construct temporary and permanent debris mitigation measures as necessary.

“With the significant loss of vegetation, the risk of downstream flooding, debris flows, and mud slides will become sharply escalated during the upcoming rainy season,” said Supervisor Barger.  “Now is the time to prepare in order to protect life and property this winter.”

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