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Waiving the evacuation order: Some California residents choose to stay home

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Los Angeles Sheriffs Reserve Deputy John Camphouse, left, gets a signed liability waiver from an unidentified resident who has decided to ignore mandatory evacuation orders in a neighborhood at risk for mudslides in La Canada, California, Dec. 21, 2010. Southern California residents braced on Monday for several more days of heavy showers, and the threat of mudslides, from an unusual burst of wet weather that has dumped up to a foot of rain in parts of the region since last week.

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Los Angeles Sheriffs Reserve Deputies Jason Johnson, left, and John Camphouse check a list of residents that are staying home and ignoring evacuation orders as they go door-to-door in a neighborhood at risk for mudslides in La Canada, California Dec. 21, 2010. Southern California residents braced on Monday for several more days of heavy showers, and the threat of mudslides, from an unusual burst of wet weather that has dumped up to a foot of rain in parts of the region since last week.

What a predicament. More on the storm headed to California HERE.

From msnbc.com staff and news service reports:

Officials on Tuesday ordered evacuation of 232 homes in La Canada Flintridge and La Crescenta, foothill suburbs of Los Angeles below steep hillsides that burned in 2009 and where mudslides inundated homes and backyards in February.

Walt Kalepsch said his backyard filled up with mud and debris last winter, but he planned to stay the night with his wife and daughter.

"If it gets really terrible, we'll leave. But we've been evacuated so many times, it's like the city's crying wolf," he said.