According to Liz – It was 4:46 am when the first shock shook many Eagle Rock residents awake.
Many rolled and went back to sleep – minor tremors weren’t much of an issue in the state waiting for the Big One to come which was expected to be 44 times stronger than the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Northridge in 1994.
An even bigger aftershock less than an hour later, reported as 5.2 on the Verdugo fault by CalTech, caused several of them to get out of bed to calm the kids and see if any dishes had fallen off.
It was only those who ventured outside — to check falling pools or shut off gas lines to ensure no further seismic activity — that they looked north for the first signs of what was to come.
In the half light, they could see wisps of smoke billowing north of the highway.
Soon, heads of conversation online reported a spark at the construction site of a renewable biogas generation project in Glendale that ignited a nearby scrub, dry after a long, hot summer. Sirens could be heard from a distance along with the hum of helicopters.
The wind was blowing westward, carrying sparks with it, and it caught fire every time it landed. Access to the area was restricted to Glenwax Boulevard to the west and Shoal Canyon Road from above Figueroa.
A report of low pressure in the pipeline came from the biogas plant to the newly updated Grayson facility in Glendale, indicating a possible rupture, and it was promptly shut down. Not soon enough.
Some of the flames found more fuel at the crack. Whoo!
A massive explosion, in which the infrastructure of adjacent pipes was blown off.
This caught everyone’s attention. Huge fire over eagle rock!
The helicopters flew away as the sweltering air billowed into the sky. More sirens. People’s cell phones boomed with announcements of readiness for a possible evacuation.
Not many waited but packed children and pets into cars and drove to Colorado Boulevard to join the mass escape. Others soon followed as the Santa Anna winds rose and began to drive the fire through 134 and toward homes in the hills north of Eagle Rock.
Meanwhile, at Fire Station 42, personnel were trying in vain to stop traffic long enough to get their platforms onto the road. They were needed at the western end of the fire, but the new dual permanent concrete platforms installed for the BRT runways directly in front of the station prevented left turns.
Those who managed to smash through the shafts of bike lanes and the BRT lane protecting the bumps to head east quickly made a noisy stop behind an early bus that was itself blocked by a two-SUV accident that attempted to bypass the congestion in the soles. traffic lane.
Other cars were trying to pass in bike lanes and on sidewalks.
Accidents soon occurred at Eagle Rock and the hills above, but emergency services couldn’t even get out of the station’s driveway.
The project approved by Metro on April 28 includes a new double concrete brokerage directly in front of LAFD Station #42 that will make it impossible for the emergency machine to turn left and travel west on Colorado Boulevard, and will make even right turns more difficult and dangerous.
Dispatchers were canceling other engines that were destined to refuel. The tanker that was due to make deliveries the day before was unable to maneuver because the truck was parked twice in the arrival lane.
The previous series of events is fictional. But it could become a reality very soon.
Fact: Reducing drivers’ miles will improve quality of life
Khayal: Diets on the road will reduce the number of drivers on the road
Fact: Open roads enable emergency vehicles to respond and residents to evacuate
None of these traffic-calming features on Colorado Boulevard’s recently approved F1 BRT plan have received approval, despite their negative impact on emergency response and evacuations.
Under Section 503.4 of the Los Angeles County Code, access to firefighting devices may not be obstructed in any way, including parking or the use of traffic calming devices, including but not limited to speed humps or speed humps. The minimum offers and clearances set forth in Sections 503.2.1 and 503.2.2 must be maintained at all times.
Hilda Solis and Kevin De Leon spoke in support of the Metro Board’s decision; If they are not aware that reviews are not being done, they should demand that they be done and all issues addressed before moving forward with the project.
This affects the whole of Los Angeles, all of California. Please contact your council member and county supervisor and ask them to hold back from putting a roadside diet unless a full review is made and all concerns about safety and emergency measures for drivers, pedestrians, children and the disabled are not only addressed, but resolved. favor.
Don’t allow vocal minorities such as “calm the road” enthusiasts, bike advocates, or those with financial interests in building this type of infrastructure to revoke neighborhood rights.
(Liz Amsden, a CityWatch contributor and activist from Northeast Los Angeles, has opinions on much of what goes on in our lives. She has written extensively about the city’s budget and services as well as her many other interests and passions. She works on film and television budgets where fiction is rarely as exotic as The reality of living in today’s world.)