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Burn-area residents sandbag ahead of storms

GLENDORA, Calif. (AP) -- Eager anticipation of the first substantial winter storm systems in drought-stricken California has turned to a bit of wariness as residents of foothill communities sandbag homes in case of flooding.

The first Pacific system is expected to move come ashore in the northern portions of the state Wednesday morning and move down the central coast, reaching southern areas by afternoon. A bigger storm will reach the north by early Friday.

After the state's driest year on record, all that predicted rain and snow should be good news. But residents of cities such as Glendora and Azusa at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountains east of Los Angeles face the possibility of debris flows and mudslides from nearly 2,000 acres of barren slopes burned by a wildfire in January.

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