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Caltrans Gears Up To Deal With Flooding, Debris In Woolsey, Hill Brush Fire Burn Areas

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Caltrans says it has crews on duty around the clock in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties in the Woolsey and Hill brush fire burn areas due to the storm moving through the region. The Pacific Coast Highway between Pt. Mugu and the Malibu area is considered to be especially vunerable to rain related slides which can cause delays, or closures.

Highways in burned canyon areas between the Conejo Valley and the coast are also considered to be at risk even to minor amounts of rainfall, because of charred mountainsides with little or no vegetation left. Highway 23 remains closed from Mulholland Highway to the Pacific Coast Highway.

Caltrans officials say you should be cautious if you are driving in or around burn areas during the storm because rocks or debris may suddenly end up on roadways.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.