Places– of Charm

Out many a backyard, views of California canyons are beautiful and full of wildlife.  Canyons are places of charm until hit with natural disasters.  The winter rainy season grows brush, and our dry summers create kindling that will flame up with smoke.  Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.  After a fire, there’s the creeping fear of flowing mud.  During the last month while most of the U.S. had snowstorms, California had rain.

L.A. Times writer Thomas Curwen describes the danger lurking in La Cresenta from the six-day Station Fire.  Streets became streams, filled with a torrent of stones, branches and mud.  Hills slide later, usually with a second rainstorm.  People in canyon areas read the mud4cast, a division of National Weather Service.  At present, the mud has only slid onto roads, and the Department of Public Works is clearing it.

The good news– architects such as Marmol Radziner, Los Angeles, design homes against fire and mudslides.

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6 thoughts on “Places– of Charm

  1. Reba Studebaker

    Modular units are the way to go. I know a couple who are buying their first house– under $300,000 in Pasadena. They’re thinking about doing a modular pool unit with a lap pool for the backyard, and then eventually replace the house.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Absolutely! The worst thing is when developers leapfrog out from the town limits. Residents built septic tanks, and then when the rains come, well. . . what a disaster during a flood.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Yes, it can be a sad situation with sewer spillage. The situation is worse when people are not hooked up to city sewage systems.

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