Los Angeles County Encourages Residents To Prepare For Incoming Winter Storms
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Weather Service (NWS) is encouraging residents to prepare for incoming winter storms. These storms are expected to bring heavy rain and possibly thunderstorms that may trigger mud/debris flows in recent burn areas, urban flooding and strong winds that may down trees and power lines. Follow the tips below to keep yourself and love ones safe during winter storms.
- If you experience flash flooding, move to higher ground and/or the highest point in the house. Stay out of riverbeds and flood control channels during the storm. Water flow during storm is unpredictable and dangerous. Dial 9-1-1 if you see someone caught in a flood control channel.
- In the event of thunderstorms, take shelter in a sturdy building. Avoid isolated sheds, garages or small structures in open areas. Avoid contact with electrical equipment or cords.
- Follow evacuation orders issued by law enforcement agencies immediately-hesitating or not leaving may put you and loved ones in life threatening danger.
- Drive with your headlights on during rainy weather, and make sure your windshield wipers are working properly before rain starts.
- Freeway flooding may happen-avoid driving in pooled water. Standing water is often deeper than it looks, and can conceal tire-damaging debris or make vehicles inoperable.
- “Turn Around Don’t Drown.” Don’t attempt to cross swift moving water; as little as two feet of rushing water can sweep a vehicle away.
At Home and in the Community:
- Power outages may happen-keep a working flashlight, and a battery operated radio handy.
- Help keep your neighborhood flood safe by parking vehicles and placing trash containers away from catch basins.
- Avoid parking on streets that may be vulnerable to mud and debris flows.
- Report clogged drains, blocked roads or fallen trees in the unincorporated areas by calling the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works Dispatch at 1-800-675-HELP (4357).
- Avoid beach areas. Strom surges may cause beach erosion and damaging high surf conditions with dangerous waves and rip currents to coastal areas.
- Visit the Los Angeles County’s Storm Season website at lacounty.gov/LARain to view tips on how to prepare your home, where to pick-up sandbags, and how to register for Alert LA County so that emergency messages are sent to your mobile telephone or e-mail.