Silverado Canyon Residents, Wary of Mudslides, Prepare for More El Niño-Related Storms

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Crews remove mud flows across a road during a flash flood watch in the Silverado Canyon burn area in early January 2016. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

Deanna Spangler was manning the cash register last week at the Silverado Canyon Market while her fiance and the co-owner of the business, Jeff Hoagland, was pushing water out the back door.

He seemed to think the problem stemmed from a bad gutter, and with a creek running behind the shop, the couple, though they had owned the business for only five months, understood what they were up against.

As the Silverado Canyon burn area has dealt with on-and-off voluntary evacuation orders, the area’s small business community has tried to keep humming.

“The last thing we want to do is close the store,” Spangler said. “We’re kind of a command post for the community.”

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