Mandatory Evacuation Lifted in Burbank After Storm Fails to Produce Mudflows

The city of Burbank on Tuesday night lifted mandatory evacuation orders it had put in place earlier in the day after heavy rain failed to trigger mud and debris flows.

However, those living on Country Club Drive above Via Montana were still under a voluntary evacuation order until further notice, city officials said in a news release.

Evacuation orders were cleared for addresses that had earlier been under voluntary orders, including:

  • All of Hamline Place
  • 925-1030 Groton Drive
  • 830-849 Stephen Road
  • 907-936 Irving Drive
  • 2906 & 2934 Olney Place
  • 2934 Remy Place
  • 2949 Mystic View Place
  • 3430-3436 Brace Canyon Road
  • 3301-3310 Brookshire Court
  • 3318, 3321, 3322, 3422 Wedgewood Lane
  • 3514-3519 Folkstone Court
  • 3529-3530 Castleman Lane

The evacuation site at the McCambridge Recreation Center at 1515 N. Glenoaks Blvd. has closed.

The orders had gone into effect at noon. Before they were lifted, resident Mark Marek told KTLA he was itching to get home to his wife.

"I've got a big meeting so I really - I guess I'll go to the Holiday Inn," he said.

A flash flood watch the National Weather Service had issued for Burbank, along with communities in and around recent burn areas, was allowed to expire without incident.

A total of 1.5 to 3 inches of rain was in the forecast for Los Angeles and Ventura counties through Tuesday night, with up to 4.5 inches expected in south-facing slopes and the Santa Monica Mountains.

Despite the lifting of the evacuation warning and order, the Stough Nature Center and the Wildwood Canyon hiking and recreation areas would remain closed until further notice.

"These areas are prone to debris and mud flow and pose a significant safety risk, especially during periods of heavy rainfall," city officials said in a statement. "Please adhere to all hillside closures."

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