Mud flows prompt evacuations in Corona neighborhoods near Canyon fire burn scar

- Several Corona neighborhoods near the burn scar of the Canyon Fire were evacuated on Tuesday after heavy rains caused mudslides to flow down into homes.

Several inches of mud had piled up in a cul de sac on San Ramon Drive, where one home was evacuated so quickly that the front door was left wide open.

Most of the neighborhood had evacuated by Tuesday evening, but Rick Krumes and his daughter decided to stay behind.

“I don’t see any significant reasons to leave as of right now,” he said. “It’s a little bit concerning, but my feeling is the water hasn’t soaked into the ground, so it’s just all runoff right now, if my house was at the top of the street I would be a little bit more concerned.”

The homes he is referring to appeared to take the brunt of the mudflows, because they are right at the base of the burned hills. 

Corona Fire Department trucks and heavy equipment were on patrol in the neighborhood, and a police checkpoint was set up for anyone who is looking to come up the street.

A temporary evacuation shelter was set up at Corona high school for anyone impacted by the mudflows. 

Earlier:

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning indicating that flash flooding or debris flows are imminent or occurring. An immediate mandatory evacuation order has been issued for residents of homes on or near recently burned slopes; the attached listed properties have been identified as being at risk. Please click here to view a map of properties at risk.

Mud and debris flow from storms earlier today have already impacted properties and streets in the area, including San Ramon Drive, San Almada Road, and Elderberry Circle. City and Cal Fire crews have been working diligently to clear the streets of the impacted areas.

Be aware that officers will NOT be making door-to-door notifications during a flash flood warning. They will utilize a PA or siren notification as they evacuate themselves from the impacted areas.

Do not delay evacuating until the rain becomes severe. Debris flows can occur without any notice, and evacuation routes can quickly become impassable due to mud and debris or flooding.

Residents are encouraged to evacuate with their animals as the emergency may prevent future entry to the impacted areas due to safety concerns.

An evacuation center has been established by the Red Cross at Corona High School located at 1150 W 10th Street, Corona. Temporary boarding for pets will be available at the Corona Animal Shelter located at 1330 Magnolia Ave, Corona.

The Corona Public Information Hotline will be available to answer questions at 951-817-5800 or residents can check our website, CoronaCA.gov/StormWatch and the city’s social media sites for the latest information.

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