Debris Basins: The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works has and maintains several debris basins within the City of Burbank. Debris basins are typically located at the mouths of canyons and are there to capture the sediment, gravel, boulders, and vegetative debris that are
washed out of the canyons during storms. The debris basins capture the material and allow the water to flow into the downstream storm drain system. County Public Works is planning on clearing these debris basins out to allow maximum free capacity prior to the storm season, work may begin on clearing these debris basins as soon as the week of October 1st. County crews will typically work from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. There will be truck traffic in the residential neighborhoods near these debris basins and we understand that this may be an inconvenience, but this work is absolutely necessary to prepare for the upcoming storm season after the fire. Trucks will follow a prescribed truck route to minimize the impact in residential neighborhoods (click here to see the haul routes). The City of Burbank also has and maintains a handful of smaller debris basins, the City is also cleaning out these debris basins to ensure maximum capacity is available. During a storm, you may see an increased presence of City and/or County personnel in and around the debris basins monitoring their capacity. You may also notice the water within the basin rising, this is not necessarily a concern; basins are designed so debris sinks to the bottom and water will still flow out the outlet tower. Following any storms, County and City Public Works will clear out the basins as quickly as possible.