Mandatory evacuations lifted in Duarte

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The city of Duarte is lifting mandatory evacuation orders and has moved to the Yellow Alert as of 8 a.m. Saturday.

However, residents of Melcanyon, between Brookridge and Fish Canyon, will have to legally park on adjoining streets and walk in due to ongoing clean up efforts.

"Most people here have never seen anything like this. This is like a fifty year storm," said Richard Walker who has lived in Duarte for nearly two years.

The earlier evacuation order impacted homes near the Fish burn area. An evacuation center was established at the City of Duarte Community Center located at 1600 Huntington Drive.

City employees also installed wooden Dams between the K-Rails to keep mud and water from entering homes.

"The city put up the K-rails but the mud came through where the driveway openings are," said Walker, "So, they are putting up brackets so you can slide in pieces of wood and make a dam".

Classes were canceled at Valley View School on Friday.

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