MONROVIA ( — Monrovia residents are preparing for possible mudslides that could spawn from the storm system headed to the Southland.

KCAL9’s Rachel Kim reported that after the Madison Fire burned 130 acres of hillsides last April, city officials took steps to protect residents and homes in case of mud and debris slides.

Monrovia Fire Chief Chris Donovan believes the Highland Place Debris Wall, which is 150 feet wide and 15 feet tall, will be an effective barrier for the 200 or so homes in jeopardy.

“It will hold about 15,000 tons of debris. For reference, that’s about 25 cement trucks…that will prevent the homes below it to be damaged,” he said.

In addition to the debris wall, the city has installed 5,000 feet of K-rails throughout the threatened neighborhoods.

There are also several locations for residents to fill out gravel bags to place around their homes.

“Certainly it’s very scary. You’re always afraid to lose property. You’re afraid that somebody could get hurt,” resident Michelle Schetman said.

Meantime, Donovan said there are no mandatory evacuations yet, but they have warned residents to be prepared through reverse 911 calls and door knocks.

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