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Three years after Station fire, L.A. County is removing K-rails

The concrete barriers were installed in La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge to guard against mudslides. Some called them eyesores; others viewed them as protection.

June 09, 2012|By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
  • Workers from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works remove concrete barriers, called K-rails, from Pineridge Drive in La Crescenta. The barriers were installed soon after the devastating Station fire in 2009 to guard against mudslides.
Workers from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works remove concrete… (Brian van der Brug, Los Angeles…)

They weren't the most flattering addition to the neighborhood, and three years after the devastating Station fire the foothills of La Crescenta are bidding farewell to nearly half a mile of concrete barriers installed to guard against mudslides.

The K-rails, as they're known, were put in place in La Crescenta and La Cañada Flintridge soon after the fire burned more than 160,000 acres, incinerating trees and shrubbery on hillsides that typically kept mud from spilling into homes during heavy rains.

Barriers in La Cañada Flintridge will stay put for at least for another year.

Though some neighbors complained about the barriers, calling them eyesores that limited parking and lowered property values, others counted on them for protection. Some even decorated them with Halloween ornaments and Christmas lights.

"Now that the forest has had a few years to regenerate, we've determined the risk has diminished enough to take the K-rail out," said Bob Spencer, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works.

The barriers will be removed within the next two weeks, with about 20% remaining as a precaution, he said.

In the time since the fire, Spencer said, there were no major flooding incidents in La Crescenta. In La Cañada Flintridge, there was one episode in February 2010 that affected more than two dozen homes and nearly 30 cars.

esmeralda.bermudez@latimes.com

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