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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday January 21st, 2010 :: 11:38 a.m. PST

Advisory

Advisory for the possibility of damaging landslides and debris flows occurring throughout Ventura County.

The Ventura County Emergency Operations Center is issuing the following advisory regarding the possibility of damaging landslides and debris flows occurring throughout Ventura County due to heavy rain.

There are several areas throughout Ventura County containing landslide hazards and areas susceptible to mud and debris flows. The 1995 and 2005 landslides that struck the community of La Conchita are an example of a hazard area that continues to threaten life and property.

Portions of Ventura County have also been subjected to wildfires and are therefore susceptible to potentially hazardous debris flows. These areas include localities that are adjacent to and downslope from these recent burn areas, especially in locations that are within ravines and canyons, and at the mouths of canyons.

Landslides and debris flows can begin without warning and move rapidly. Whereas debris flows may occur suddenly during or immediately following a period of heavy rainfall, landslides may occur many days or even weeks later when hillsides become saturated and destabilized.

Individuals living on or below hillsides or in canyons should be especially alert for potential land failures. Hillsides and canyons that have demonstrated landslides or debris flows in the past are likely to experience them again.

For additional information, please visit the County of Ventura website and click on the Disaster Information page http://www.countyofventura.org/disasterinformation

Address/Location
Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

Contact
Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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