Malibu Battens Down the Hatches as Rain Continues

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Malibu resident Diana Armstrong submitted this photo (taken by Brian Armstrong) of a vehicle in a precarious position off the shoulder, with the caption "Latigo Cove car on cliff." According to Armstrong, two vehicles nearly went over the side, one right after the other, on Friday afternoon.

[Update: 8:05 a.m.] The City of Malibu Saturday morning gave the all-clear: “All roads in Malibu open — all signals functioning,” according to an alert sent at 8:05 a.m.

As of 5:40 a.m., the National Weather Service provided the following rainfall totals:

Leo Carrillo: 3.75 inches

Circle X Ranch: 5.84 inches

Malibu Canyon: 4.83 inches

Agoura Hills: 4.60 inches

Topanga: 2.44 inches

It was unclear at the time how many, if any, residences were without power — Southern California Edison declared a “major outage” affecting approximately 53,000 customers throughout Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties as of 11 p.m. Friday. SCE did not offer specifics. 

The outage map is located at: m.sce.com/outage/OutageMap_new.html


[Update: 10:12 p.m.] Kanan Dume Road was closed to traffic in both directions Friday night due to a “large boulder” in the roadway approximately two miles north of PCH, Lost Hills Sheriff’s officials confirmed. California Highway Patrol’s initial size estimates put the boulder at six feet by six feet.

There was no word as to when the road would reopen. 

According to the National Weather Service, 24-hour precipitation in the Malibu Hills as of 9:56 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17 reached 2.93 inches; at Leo Carrillo, 2.66 inches; in Topanga, 2.11 inches; and in Agoura Hills, 4.44 inches.


[Update: 5:04 p.m.] Flooding around town caused the City of Malibu to close Westward Beach road near PCH and Rainsford between Busch and Bonsall on Friday early evening around 5 p.m.

LA County Sheriff’s officials also sent out an alert of debris on Kanan Dume Road that was being cleared by county workers. 

Los Angeles County Beaches and Harbors announced closures of the entrances to several beaches around Malibu —  Pt Dume Beach entrance, PCH underpass to Zuma Beach, Zuma exit to Westward Beach Road and Escondido Access Way (27144 PCH). 

The County Department of Public Health also advised the public against going in the water during and directly after rain.


The City of Malibu and surrounding areas were feeling the effects of a winter storm Friday, with multiple city events cancelled and areas closed.

The city announced the monthly E-Waste Pickup scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18 would be cancelled. The city also postponed Friday’s senior center event Art Trek Workshop: Fabulous Felt Faces.

The pool (located at Malibu High School) was closed Friday to visitors. According to city alerts, the pool was expected to reopen Saturday, but would-be swimmers were encouraged to call 310.589.1933 before heading over to be sure.

Visitor areas in the Santa Monica Mountains were closed, including the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area Visitors Center (at King Gillette Ranch) and the following parking lots: Paramount Ranch, Solstice Canyon, Cheeseboro/Palo Comado Canyon, Peter Strauss (overflow lot), Rocky Oaks and the Zuma Canyon trailhead (end of Bonsall Drive) at Zuma/Trancas Canyons.

Malibu was under a flash flood watch until Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m., a high surf advisory until Sunday, Feb. 19 at 10 p.m., a wind advisory until Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. and a flood advisory until Friday, Feb. 17 at 6:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Sheriff’s officials were not able to provide specific information regarding road hazards around Malibu; the Malibu/Lost Hills Watch Commander on duty Friday afternoon said “multiple [traffic] lights are out throughout the city, but they keep going out and back on line.” In addition, crews were en route to a rockslide near the tunnel on Malibu Canyon Road, though no more details were available as of 2:38 p.m.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.