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MALIBU : Flood, Landslide Control Funds OKd

July 28, 1994|KATHLEEN KELLEHER

The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the State Office of Emergency Services have approved the city of Malibu's request for just over $8 million to mitigate flooding and landslides in Las Flores Canyon and to reopen Rambla Pacifico.

The city qualified for the funds because of the November brush fires, which exacerbated existing problems and created long-term hazards to residents.

The total project cost is estimated at $11 million, with Malibu's share being roughly $700,000. Los Angeles County will pay about $2 million.

The largest project, estimated at about $10.5 million, is intended to stabilize the slide that closed Rambla Pacifico in 1984. Plans include buttressing the hillside, possibly with pilings, and using stones and boulders to combat erosion.

Plans also include improving a bridge at Pacific Coast Highway and Las Flores Canyon Road, at a cost of about $350,000.

A third project, estimated to cost about $150,000, will improve the storm flow out of Las Flores Mesa Canyon by building a debris basin and constructing an underground culvert.

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