Azusa neighborhood under voluntary evacuation; mandatory evacuations planned Thursday

AZUSA >> Officials strongly urged residents living beneath hillsides recently denuded by the Colby Fire to evacuate voluntarily Wednesday evening ahead of a major rainstorm that threatened to trigger mudslides and flooding.
“The Azusa Police Department is advising residents residing in on Ridge View Drive in Azusa to evacuate their residences as soon as possible,” police officials said in a written statement issued shortly before 6:30 p.m.
The voluntary evacuation orders preceded planned mandatory evacuation orders, which were set to take effect at noon Thursday, police said.
Police urged Ridge View Drive residents to heed the evacuation orders.
“Many deaths occur during a landslide when people are sleeping,” according to the police statement. As storm clouds moved toward the region late Wednesday, “We strongly encourage you to leave your residence.”
An evacuation center was set up at the Crowther Teen & Family Center, 241 W. Dawson Avenue in Glendora, officials said. The shelter can be reached by telephone at 626-914-2357.
Police pumped extra patrols into the affected neighborhood to protect the property of evacuated residents, officials added.

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