Laguna Beach will spend $38,400 to develop a monitoring system that would evaluate flooding conditions in Laguna Canyon and advise residents of potential danger and when to evacuate.
The City Council on Aug. 16 unanimously approved the recommendation of the Laguna Canyon Flood Mitigation Task Force to hire Dr. Frank Weirich to design and supervise the installation of the system, as well as develop the notification and evacuation thresholds.
"At the time the task force was formed, we envisioned meeting for six months and then bringing recommendations to the council," said Councilwoman Verna Rollinger, task force co-chairwoman. "But this is the second time we have brought recommendations forward early. We want the early warning system in place before the rainy season."