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Holy Flood Watch: Stay Ready LE

Residents are urged to heed warnings and be safe when returning home.

Post Date:02/05/2019 4:00 PM

While the current storm system has passed. Please remain safe and stay prepared for the next emergency. See warnings and ways to get prepared below.

Update as of Feb. 15 at 8 a.m.:  

 As of today, Feb. 15 at 8 a.m., the storm system has made its way past the City. All evacuation warnings and orders that are in place have now been lifted. Please exercise caution when returning home, and please be aware that some roads are to remain closed due to debris flows.

While the current storm system has passed, more rain is forecasted for Sunday. Please remain safe and stay prepared for the next emergency. More updates regarding Sunday's rain will be posted here as the storm gets closer. To determine the zone in which you live and the status of that zone, scroll down and look at the Post Fire Risk & Evacuation Map. For more information, call (951) 940-6985.

 Roads Closed:

- Machado St from Mary Ct to Alvarado St.

- Lincoln Ave from Westwind Dr. to Sandpiper Dr. 

Roads ReOpened: 

- Camino Del Norte Rd./ 2nd St.

- Dexter Ave at 3rd St 

- Nichols Rd 

Update as of Feb. 13 at 4 p.m.: BIGGEST STORM EXPECTED, MUST GO NOW

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Heavy rain is anticipated for the Holy Fire burn area Wednesday night an Thursday. Heaviest rainfall is expected tomorrow morning to tomorrow afternoon - Feb. 14th. As much as 7" of rain could fall on Santiago Peak and 3.5" in City areas.

The following zones are under a MANDATORY EVACUATION ORDER. The zones MUST GO NOW: Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Eden, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Grace, Horsethief A, Horsethief B, Laguna A, Maitri, McVicker A, Rice and Withrow A.

The following zones remain under a VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WARNING. These zones SHOULD GO NOW - this is the safest time to leave: Alvarado A and Lakeside A.

A reception and care center is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at: 28532 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore.

To check your evacuation status and for more information, view the Post Fire Risk & Evacuation Map or call (951) 940-6985.

Please #BeSafeLE. Avoid local roads if possible and be prepared should evacuations be expanded. School updates expected soon. 

The Risk 

Post wildfire areas are at-risk of debris flows, which are deadly, fast-moving landslides. There is also a risk of flooding, mudflow, rockfalls and other landslides during and immediately after rain. Click here to look up your address in the Post Wildfire Risk & Evacuations Map

Debris flows can happen with little to no warning. As always, residents are urged to remain vigilant and take personal responsibility for their safety.  Officials might only be able to provide a few minutes' notice, or none at all. If your home is in an at-risk area, it is critical that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are always prepared. Find out more at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady

Stay tuned Lake Elsinore. Each storm the city and regional agencies will be assessing risk to determine what actions to take to avoid any threats to our community.

Stay #ElsinoreStrong and don't forget to sign up for emergency alerts  at www.RivCoReady.org/AlertRivCo or download the Swift 911 Public App.

Riverside County and City officials urge everyone near the Holy Fire burn area to take the following steps:

BEFORE A STORM:

  1. Are You at Risk? Determine if your home, business, schools or necessary travel routes are in the at-risk areas by entering your address into our risk map at RivCoReady.org/StormReady or access the map directly at https://bit.ly/2OZ0Vio. If you do not have access to the internet, call (951) 358-7100. 
  2. School Plan: Learn the plan for your local school. Parents of school age children should contact their school district or visit their official websites to learn what steps the district will take to ensure student safety. This may include school closures and evacuations. Find out more from the Lake Elsinore rctlma.org/trans and Caltrans’ website at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.
  3. Debris Flows: Learn about debris flows at RivCoReady.org/StormReady. Their dangers are different than the water and mud of typical storms.
  4. Flood Insurance: Most homeowners insurance does not cover floods or flows from natural disasters. Make sure your home is protected. Refer to the National Flood Insurance Program website at FEMA.gov/national-flood-insurance-program. Act now. Most flood insurance policies take up to 30 days to go into effect.
  5. Have a Plan: Have an emergency plan and a disaster kit ready to go. For more information, visit RivCoReady.org.

AS A STORM APPROACHES:

  1. Follow all evacuation orders by public safety officials. Sign up for evacuation alerts at
    RivCoReady.org/AlertRivCo. During evacuation orders, the County of Riverside Emergency Operations Center will be activated and a hotline will be available for the public to call with questions regarding flooding and debris flows at (951) 358-5134.
  2. Leave before any flows begin, during Evacuation Warnings (Voluntary). This is the only safe time to leave. If debris flows, mud or water are already flowing, get higher than the flow, such as going to the highest floor in your home.
  3. Heed all evacuations. Evacuation Warnings (Voluntary) will be issued for at-risk areas 24-48 hours before an expected storm. As stated above, the safest time to leave is during an evacuation warning (voluntary) before any flows begin. Mandatory evacuation orders will be issued 6-12 hours before the storm.
  4. Monitor official weather reports and heed weather alerts. Understand that the weather where you are can be different than back in the mountains where the flows start. Get the latest forecast from the National Weather Service.  
  5. Never drive or walk into flood waters, mud or debris, and never go around barricades. It is impossible to know how deep the water or mud is just by looking at it and the depth can change quickly.
  6. Use Sandbags. Protect your home with sandbags and other methods to divert water from entering and reduce erosion on your property. They do not protect from debris flow. The City is offering 50 free sandbags for all residents. Find out more

Other Available Resources

Stages of Holy Flood Watch - Get Ready, Should Go, Must Go  (Door Hanger) 

Ways to Prepare for Flooding Related to the Holy Fire - Holy Flood Ready 

Debris Flow FAQs

Debris Flow FAQs (Spanish) 

Community Letter to Residents Threatened by Winter Storms Due to the Holy Fire

Community Letter to Residents Threatened by Winter Storms Due to Holy Fire (Spanish) 

Annual Rainfall Summary Report from Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District

Other Important Information:  

VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS can turn into MANDATORY EVACUATIONS in a matter of minutes. Once mandatory evacuations are ordered, you may not be able to go back to your home until it is cleared by officials.                 

We will keep you updated here and at @RivCoReady. Monitor official social media pages for weather reports and updates from officials.                                                            

FORMER STORM ANNOUNCEMENTS: 

Update as of Feb. 1st at 10 a.m.: GET READY

Rain is anticipated over the Holy Fire burn area in 24-48 hours. Homes in or near burn areas are at risk of debris flows. Intense rain may cause debris flows, which are deadly, fast-moving landslides. There is also a risk of flooding, mudflow, rock fall and other landslides during and immediately after rain.

Residents are reminded to maintain vigilance and always take personal responsibility for their safety.

Now is the time to GET READY for potential evacuations. Arrange transportation, fuel your cars, gather items to take and make plans for your animals. 

See how to fill and stack them at: https://youtu.be/zl7mrr1CgCg Need Sandbags? Find out more at http://www.lake-elsinore.org/Home/Components/News/News/3580/26

Update as of Jan. 31st at 4 p.m.: Mandatory Evacuations Downgraded to Voluntary 

As of today, Jan. 31 at 4 PM, Evacuation orders in the Holy Flood area have been downgraded from mandatory Evacuation Orders to voluntary Evacuation Warning in all areas.  Voluntary evacuation warnings remain in effect for the following zones: Amorose, Alberhill, Alvarado-A, Glen Ivy-A, Glen Ivy-B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief-A, Laguna-A, Lakeside-A, Maitri, McVicker-A, Rice and Withrow-A.

More rain is expected in the Holy burn area over the next few days and the potential still exists for dangerous conditions, even in the zones where evacuation is voluntary. Look online

Update as of Jan. 31st at 7 a.m.:  at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady to determine the zone in which you live and the status of that zone. For more information, call (951) 940-6985.

As of 7 a.m. Mandatory Evacuations were issued for certain zones in the Holy burn area (see list of zones below).

The boundaries of the evacuation zones have changed. The updated zones are based on recent storms and will allow safety officials to target areas for evacuation based on weather forecasts. Check the Post Fire Risk & Evacuation Map to find out your evacuation zone and the status of that zone.

The following zones are under a mandatory evacuation order and must go now:

  • Amorose
  • Alberhill
  • Glen Eden
  • Glen Ivy A
  • Glen Ivy B
  • Grace
  • Horsethief A
  • Laguna A
  • Maitri
  • McVicker A
  • Rice 
  • Withrow A

The following zones remain in evacuation warning (voluntary) status. These zones should go now.

  • Alvarado A
  • Lakeside A

NOTE: A shelter is open for residents at Elsinore High School, located at 21800 Canyon Drive in Wildomar.

Two more storms are headed our way so residents are urged to stay connected, stay engaged and be ready. Find out more at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady. 

Update as of Jan. 29th: 

There is a storm heading to Lake Elsinore Thursday and again on Friday/Saturday. Riverside County public safety officials continue to monitor the incoming storms over the Holy burn area. Residents are urged to "GET READY," maintain vigilance and take personal responsibility for their safety. 

Voluntary and Mandatory evacuations are likely as these storms approach. So, please remain engaged and informed. 

UPDATE! CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE TO A SMALL NUMBER OF THE HOLY FLOOD AREA ZONES. PLEASE CHECK THE INTERACTIVE RISK MAP TO SEE IF YOUR ZONE HAS CHANGED. As officials evaluate the effects of each storm we have been able to refine our evacuation zones to help us reduce the number of residents impacted by evacuations. 

Find out more at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady.  

Update as of Jan. 18: All evacuation orders have been lifted.  

Update as of 11:15 am on Jan 17:

RAIN IS anticipated for the Holy Fire burn area. The following zones are under a mandatory evacuation order. These zones MUST GO NOW - before any flows begin.

The following zones are under a Mandatory Evacuation Order: Amorose, Alberhil, Alvardo A, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Laguna B, Maitri, McVicker A, Rice, Withrow A. These zones MUST GO NOW

Voluntary Evacuation Order: Lakeside A

More rain is expected in the Holy burn area and the potential still exists for dangerous conditions, even in the zones where evacuation is voluntary. Residents are urged to be ready and remain vigilant. 

Look online at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady to determine the zone in which you live and the status of that zone. A shelter is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at 28755 El Toro Rd in Lake Elsinore.

Road Closures: Dale Court & Lincoln Street, Larson Street & Machado Street, and McVicker Canyon Road & Grand Avenue.

Update as of Jan 16: Voluntary Evacuations Remain  

Based on current forecast predictions, voluntary evacuation warnings remain in effect for the following zones: Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Maitri, McVicker A, Rice and Withrow A.

More rain is expected in the Holy burn area throughout the week and the potential still exists for dangerous conditions, even in the zones where evacuation is voluntary. Residents are urged to be ready and remain vigilant. 

Look online at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady to determine the zone in which you live and the status of that zone. A shelter is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at 28755 El Toro Rd in Lake Elsinore.

ROAD CLOSURES: Temescal Canyon Rd. between Indian Truck Trail and Horsethief Canyon. Lincoln, east of Westwind due to debris flow. 

MORE INFORMATION: Call (951) 940-6985 or visit www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady.

A partir de hoy, 14 de Enero, las órdenes de desalojo han cambiado a voluntarias. Las zonas de evacuaciones voluntarias son: Amorose,  Laguna A, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Maitri, McVicker A, Rice y Withrow A.

Se espera más lluvia durante la semana y el riesgo de peligro continua aun en las áreas donde las evacuaciones son voluntarias. Favor de mantener cuidado y estar atento a los anuncios de cambios del clima.

El albergue está localizado en Temescal Canyon High School y se mantendrá abierta para los que han sido afectados por las evacuaciones. El domicilio es 28755 El Toro Rd, Lake Elsinore.

Para verificar las zonas de evacuación,  visite la página www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady.

Para más información visite la página www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady o llame al (951) 940-6985.

Press Release Announcement regarding Voluntary Evacuations 

Update as of Jan. 14th: Mandatory Evacuations Ordered 

Thunderstorms are predicted for the Holy Fire burn area over the next several days. The following zones are under a mandatory evacuation order: Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Maitri, McVicker A, Rice, and Withrow A. People in these zones MUST GO NOW. 

A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect from noon through midnight today. Debris flow thresholds be met in the Holy Fire burn scar areas from this afternoon and early evening. Residents in evacuations zones must go now.

Look at the Post Wildfire Risk & Evacuation Map to determine which zone you live in and whether you are under mandatory evacuations. 

A care and reception center is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at 28755 El Toro Rd. in Lake Elsinore. 

For more information, go to www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady or call (951) 940-6985.

Press Release Announcement  

Update as of Jan. 10th: 

The Riverside County Flood Control District (RCFCD) and the City of Lake Elsinore have been hard at work cleaning up and clearing debris from previous debris flows.  RCFCD has once again completely cleared out the McVicker and Leach Canyon Basin's to make room for future potential debris flows. So far, they have removed over 100,000 cubic yards of material, which is equivalent to 7,000 truck loads. 

The City has also worked to improve and further secure the Rice Canyon berm and Larson Road. 

Rain is currently predicted this weekend into Monday, and again Tuesday through Thursday. At this time, they are not expected to meet the thresholds for debris flows. However, we continue to monitor the storms and will update the community as we learn more. 

Residents in the high risk areas are urged to stay ready and be prepared. Find out more at www.rivcoready.org/stormready

Update as of Dec. 7th: 

As of today, Friday, December 7th at 7 a.m. all evacuations have been lifted for the Holy Burn Area.  The storm forecast has improved. For more information on the dangers of debris flows, please scroll down below.

The shelter at Temescal Canyon High School is now closed. For more information, call (951) 940-6985.

Some road closures remain in effect while crews continue to clear streets and ensure road safety. Residents are urged to use caution returning home.

Current road closures in the Temescal Valley and Lake Elsinore areas are:

- Temescal Canyon Rd, between Horsethief Canyon Rd and Indian Truck Trail

- Bosley Ln at Colt

- Hostetler Rd from Bolo Ct to Temescal Canyon Rd

- Grand Avenue between Machado and Amorose

For up-to-date information on road closures, visit www.RCTLMA.org/trans.Grand Ave between Machado and Amorose

Update as of Dec. 6th at 1:15 p.m..:

HOLY BURN AREA - MUST GO:

 

As of Dec 6, THUNDERSTORMS ARE predicted for the Holy Fire burn area Thursday  morning. The following zones are under a mandatory evacuation orders: Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Ivy B, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Matri, McVicker A, Rice, Withrow A.

People in these zones MUST GO NOW.

Please note, the boundaries of these evacuation zones have changed from previous evacuation warnings in the Holy burn area. It’s critical that residents look up their address in the Post Wildfire Risk & Evacuations Map to see their evacuation zone and the status of that zone.

A care and reception center is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at 28755 El Toro Rd in Lake Elsinore. For more information, call (951) 940-6985.

Thunderstorms are unpredictable and can occur without warning. Officials will provide warning if possible, but may only be able to alert the public with just a few minutes notice for future evacuations. It is critical that you remain vigilant and take personal responsibility for your surroundings. 

Debris flows are deadly, fast-moving landslides. There is also a risk of flooding, mudflow, rock fall and other landslides during and immediately after rain.

Update as of Dec. 4th: 

Rain capable of triggering debris flows is predicted over the Holy Fire burn areas in the next 48-72 hours. There are no current evacuation warnings or orders in place, however, now is the time to GET READY for potential future evacuations. Arrange transportation, fuel cars, gather items to take andmake plans for your animals. 

Update as of Nov. 28th at 3 p.m.:

With thunderstorms predicted for the Holy Fire burn area Thursday morning, mandatory evacuations have been ordered as of 3 p.m. today for: Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Matri, McVicker A, Rice, Withrow A. People in these zones MUST GO NOW. Find out if your home is in an evacuation zone using this interactive map

Please note, the boundaries of these evacuation zones have changed from previous evacuation warnings in the Holy burn area. It is critical that residents look at the Post Holy Risk & Evacuation Map at www.rivcoready.org/Have-a-Plan/Flooding/Storm-Ready. Scroll down on the page to determine the zone you live in and the evacuation status in that zone.

A care and reception center is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at 28755 El Toro Road in Lake Elsinore. Dogs, cats and small animals will be allowed at the Shelter. Large and small animals are also being accepted at the care and reception center at the San Jacinto Animal Campus located at 581 S. Grand Avenue in San Jacinto. Residents needing assistance can call (951) 358-7387.

Post wildfire areas are at-risk of debris flows, which are deadly, fast-moving landslides. There is also a risk of flooding, mudflow, rockfalls and other landslides during and immediately after rain.

Debris flows can happen with little to no warning. As always, residents are urged to remain vigilant and take personal responsibility for their safety.

Officials might only be able to provide a few minutes' notice, or none at all. If your home is in an at-risk area, it is critical that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are always prepared.

Press Release regarding Mandatory Evacuations 

Road Closures Updated: The following are planned at this time. These road closures are subject to change.  

In City
Mountain/Avocado 
Lincoln/Sunswept dr
Gateway dr/Mcvicker canyon 
High ridge/Mcvicker canyon
Sandpiper/Lincoln 
Morning Dove/sand piper
Sandpiper/Gateway Dr
Amorose st/Grand
Toft/Grand 
Laguna/Riverside Dr
In County

Hostettler rd at Temescal Canyon
Hostettler rd at Palomino Creek
Silver Stirrup / Red Coud
Silver Stirrup / Goldenhorn
Glen Eden at De Palma
Bosley Ln at Cilt Dr
Peony rd (Indian truck)/Kingbird (Santiago)
Glen Ivy Rd at Warm Springs. 

Road closures will be manned and residents not under evacuations will be allowed through. Those who are under evacuation orders will be allowed through for a limited time until the risk is too high.

Update as of November 27th at 3 p.m.:

Thunderstorms are predicted for the Holy Fire burn area Thursday. VOLUNTARY EVACUATIONS are now in place. The following zones are under a voluntary evacuation warning: Amorose, Alberhill, Glen Ivy A, Glen Eden, Grace, Horsethief A, Laguna A, Matri, McVicker A, Rice, Withrow A. People in these zones SHOULD GO NOW – this is the safest time to leave.

Please note, the boundaries of these evacuation zones have changed from previous evacuation warnings in the Holy burn area. It’s critical that residents look online at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady to determine the zone in which they live and the status of that zone. 

A care and reception center is open at Temescal Canyon High School, located at 28755 El Toro Rd in Lake Elsinore.  

Debris flows can happen with little to no warning. As always, residents are urged to remain vigilant and take personal responsibility for their safety.

Officials may only be able to alert the public with just a few minutes notice, or none at all. If your home is in an at-risk area, it is critical that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are always prepared.

Please view this interactive map to find out if you live in an at-risk area and/or a zone under voluntary evacuations.

City and County officials will be monitoring the weather every day and alerting the community appropriately. Sign up to receive emergency alerts should your home be impacted. 

Update as of Nov. 26:  

Rain capable of triggering debris flow is predicted over the Holy Fire burn areas in next 48 to 72 hours.

At risk areas are subject to debris flows, which are deadly, fast-moving landslides. There is also a risk of flooding, mudflow, rock fall and other landslides during and immediately after rain.
 
Now is the time for residents living in at-risk areas to GET READY for potential future evacuations. Arrange transportation, fuel your cars, gather items to take and make plans for your animals.

Debris flows can happen with little to no warning. As always, residents are urged to remain vigilant and take personal responsibility for their safety.

Officials may only be able to alert the public with just a few minutes notice, or none at all. If your home is in an at-risk area, it is critical that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are always prepared. Please view this interactive map to find out if you live in an at-risk area. 

City and County officials will be monitoring the weather every day and alerting the community appropriately should we expect heavy rainfall that could result in debris flows and flooding. Sign up to receive emergency alerts should your home be impacted. 

Update as of Nov. 5: 

While no storms are currently in the forecast for either Holy Fire burn areas, it is important to know that sometimes storms develop quickly and cause a flash flood and debris flow with little or no warning.

Officials may only be able to alert the public with just a few minutes notice, or none at all. If your home is in an at-risk area, it is critical that you understand the seriousness of the situation and are always prepared.

Find out if you are at risk or look for more resources at www.lake-elsinore.org/holyflood

The City and several of our agency partners are monitoring the weather every day and will continue to assess the risk at all times.

Update as of Oct. 12: 

There is currently rain in the forecast in our area on Friday, Oct. 12th and Saturday, Oct. 13th. However, the anticipated rainfall is not expected to be enough to cause any debris flows in the Holy Fire Burn Areas. Find out more at www.RivCoReady.org/StormReady

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