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Wet Wednesday as rain drenches SCV

Homes in Acton evacuated; sand and bags available

Posted: January 20, 2010 1:10 p.m.
Updated: January 20, 2010 1:29 p.m.

The third powerful Pacific storm of the week is drenching the Santa Clarita Valley Wednesday, prompting mandatory evacuations of 39 homes in Acton by 1 p.m. and causing havoc on local roads and highways.

National Weather Service forecasters said storms lasting through Friday could drop a total of 20 inches of rain on Southern California.

Check back here later today and in Thursday's edition of The Signal newspaper for more storm-related coverage.

Meanwhile, officials and local businesses are making sandbags available to residents who need them to help prevent flooding.

Free sandbags are available at all Los Angeles County Fire Stations located in the SCV, with a limit of 25 bags per household. Visit to locate the nearest fire station.

Free sand is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Curtis Sand and Gravel, 14320 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2100 or visit

Owner Ben Curtis is offering 20 tons of free sand and gravel to the public, as long as residents bring their own bags.

"So far I've seen 45 to 50 people show up to fill up bags," Curtis said early Wednesday afternoon.

Curtis offered flood wary residents advice on how to stack the bags: "Don't overfill them because they aren't as effective. Overlap them like bricks on a house -- stagger them," he said. "Keep your own stock of bags. They're good for a little over a year."

Lowes stores at 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road in Valencia and 19001 Golden Valley Road in Canyon Country have sandbags and 3-ton bags of sand for sale.

"Not as many people have been asking about the sandbags," said Daniel Goss, manager of the Valencia Lowes. "We've been selling a lot of water pumps and tarps."

He said the stores stock water pumps in different sizes ranging from 1/6 horsepower up to ½ horsepower. Depending on the size, pumps can get rid of 4,000 gallons of water an hour.

"They're good for houses and yards with bad drainage systems," Goss said.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels to collect sand or fill sandbags.


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