Malibu Residents Warned of Potential Flooding, Mudslides, Power Outages

Rain has been forecast for Ventura and Los Angeles Counties, and authorities are warning Malibu residents to prepare for possible flooding, mudslides, power outages and evacuations on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rain poses a threat for communities affected by the Woolsey Fire, as it may push mud and debris to flow down, and potentially damage homes and kill and injure those in its path, according to authorities.

Those in affected areas are advised to stay away from areas that are particularly susceptible to flooding, like flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways, and prepare to shut off utilities and evacuate if orders are issued.

Authorities also advise resident to beware of water around electricity, and to refrain from attempting to remove burn debris before the rain, as it may contain “hazardous materials.”

L.A. County fire stations will be providing free empty sandbags to residents.

The Woolsey Fire had burned almost 100,000 acres and consumed at least 1,640 structures.

Earlier this year, mudslides and debris flows from the Thomas Fire killed 21 people in Santa Barbara County.