Mandatory evacuation orders were lifted Sunday morning in Azusa and Glendora, authorities said, as subsiding rain eased the threat of flooding and mudslides in the area impacted by January’s Colby Fire.
Residents of Azusa’s Ridge View Drive (map) were allowed to return to their homes after 11:45 a.m., according to an advisory issued by that city’s police department. One residence had been yellow-tagged, meaning that only cleanup operations would be allowed at the property.
Highway 39 (map), which bisects the city, was also reopened, Azusa police said. The department urged drivers to “use caution when traveling on this road, as their may still be some lingering debris, mud or rocks.”
Glendora’s emergency protocol was lowered from red level to yellow level as of 6 a.m., for all properties north of Sierra Madre Avenue between North Yucca Ridge Road and Little Dalton Wash (map), the Glendora Police Department said in a statement. “These areas have the highest risk of being impacted by flooding/debris flows from rainfall due to the loss of vegetation in the foothills,” the statement said.
Rain-related parking restrictions remained in effect, and residents were directed to remove vehicles, trash bins and other obstructions from streets and travel lanes, according to the police department.
The evacuation orders had been in effect since Thursday, after the first of two thunderstorms moved across the foothill region.
In nearby Monrovia, a similar order was downgraded to an advisory evacuation Saturday night.