(FOX 11) - The Woolsey Fire won't even be fully contained until Thanksgiving, but residents in the burn areas are already preparing for the next potential disaster.
What can you say to someone who lost everything in a fire but is still out filling sandbags to protect what's left of her property to make sure if a mudslide comes it doesn't make cleanup ''twice as hard ?"
What I said was "I'm so sorry to meet you like this, hang in there, and good luck."
That's what I've been saying a lot in the past several days as we reported on the shootings, the fires, and their aftermaths.
Today in Malibu it was storm preps, sandbagging, worrying, planning, thinking, as rain is forecast for midweek.
The hope is that it will be brief and not too heavy, and there will be no serious slides or floods, to compound the misery , but those from around here know better.
I asked long time resident Lou La Monte, now a city councilman, ''How much more can people take"
His answer, short and sweet , '' This is Malibu we learn to take a lot .''