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East County burn areas brace for another storm

Posted at 5:24 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 10:14:51-05

JAMUL, Calif. (KGTV) -- Another storm is heading to San Diego County, just days after several storms dumped heavy rain, soaking communities that still have burn scars from last year's fires.

Last September, the Valley Fire burned thousands of acres in East County. Burning dangerously close to Hidden Haven Farms, burn scars are still visible on the hillside near the property.

During last week's storms, the property was left untouched, with no damage of mudslides or flooding.

Ryan Skidmore lives and helps run the farm with his father. The Skidmores credit their early preparations as the reason for no damage. In November, they lined the farm with fiber rolls and break dams to divert the water.

Geologist Dr. Pat Abbott says preparation is key for storms like the one coming Thursday night. Dr. Abbott recommends sandbags, but also says it's important to make sure storm drains are clear so the water can flow freely.

The storm is expected to arrive in San Diego County late Thursday.