|City of Glendora|
|Colby Fire Restoration/Preparedness|
|After the Storm|
The storm is over, now what do I do?
Los Angeles County Fire recommends you conduct an outside perimeter check of your residence prior to entering, be sure doors/windows are free of mud/debris prior to entering. Watch your step outside. Be aware of possible sinkholes that are hard to see in your yard or obstructions such as sprinkler heads or fencing that may be covered over with mud/debris. Be cautious when driving into/out of the Impact Area. You do not want to drive over mud/rocks that may damage your vehicle.
My home was damaged or lost; what do I need to rebuild?
Under current codes, almost any work on a structure or piece of property requires a permit. The permit process allows the local agency to determine if the plans meet the State’s standards and whether the work being done in the field is following the approved plans. It is important that all work is done by a licensed professional otherwise the work being done has a high chance of not meeting standards and thus will not be accepted. We do not want you to become a victim again.
We offer the opportunity to meet with you and/or your representatives to help explain the process and follow through that will be needed. We understand that your home is very special to you and your family; we want it to be safe, meeting all regulations so that you can return to normalcy as quickly as possible. You can call the Glendora Building Division at (626) 914-8222 or email email@example.com to request an in-person appointment.
What do I do with all the sandbags and pipe and timber structure in my driveway?
Do not discard them. This is not the last weather event that we’ll be suggesting you layout sandbags to protect your property. You should remove sandbags to store out of the weather (garage or cover them if left outside); they should be checked for tears. If stored properly sandbags have a shelf life of approximately 12 months. Sandbags should not be emptied while stored as you may need to utilize them at a moment’s notice.
Pipe and timber materials should be maintained when not in use. Clean out the pipe sleeves so they are clear of any debris and cover sleeve openings when not in use to prevent clogging. Pipe and timber should be inspected for integrity and stored for future use.
What if I need more sandbags and sand?
The City of Glendora still has some sandbags available for residents in the Colby Fire Impact Area. Sandbags and sand are available at the City Street Yard on Loraine Avenue, just north of the railroad tracks. We may already have sandbags that are filled. If not there are personnel there to show you how to properly fill them. After hours, a limited supply of sandbags and sand are available outside the gate entrance to the Street Yard off the alley on Loraine.
Will the City continue to assist me in protecting my home from flood/debris flow?
Generally, by law, government entities are limited in what they can do on private property. We can provide advice on public safety issues, inspect for compliance and provide immediate assistance as an emergency responder and take other very limited assistance if it can be determined to benefit the “general public”.
With our advice or that of a licensed engineer, residents can consider sandbags, installing diversion structures and other structure protection devices. Remember, you cannot divert water or debris from your property into another property under State law. You also cannot undertake work on another person’s property without their permission or consent.
After such events, many organizations and individuals volunteer to assist in helping community members. If you need such assistance, please email us through the firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll give any information we may have relating to those possible volunteers.
If you wish to arrange for an inspection of visit by a City engineer, please call (626) 914-8246 or make a request via e-mail at email@example.com.
I have significant amount of mud on my property can the City help haul it away?
At this time the City can haul away mud and debris. If you can get the mud and debris to the street, we will be able to remove and dispose of it properly. If you plan to request this assistance you need to call (626) 914-8246 and provide your name and address. You will not be charged for the pickup and haul. You cannot mix any other material, including trash or construction material in this pile as the disposal site will reject it.
Where can I find more information on the topics above?
Visit the City’s Colby Fire webpage that has direct links to sources by federal, state and county agencies with detailed information on issue relating to how to be prepared, making your property safe from fire and erosion to federal flood insurance programs – www.cityofglendora.org/colbyfire.
Have you signed up for the Glendora Police Department Nixle 360? To sign-up visit www.cityofglendora.org/nixlesignup.
If I have questions how do I contact you?
If you have any questions concerning the Colby Fire Restoration/Preparedness, you are invited to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org