Supervisor Mike Antonovich: Don’t wait. Start prepping for the storm now.

The rains are coming, and the Supervisor says you should get to work now – if you haven’t already – if your home is in the path of possible mudslides. Here’s the release:

January 15, 2010
For Immediate Release

ANTONOVICH REMINDS HOMEOWNERS TO PREPARE NOW FOR UPCOMING STORMS

LOS ANGELES COUNTY – To prepare for forecasted winter storms that could produce up to 8 inches of rain next week in areas affected by recent fires, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich encourages residents in hillside communities and fire-impacted areas to take precautions now.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works’ 24-hour toll-free hotline, (800) 214-4020, provides homeowners with engineering advice and recommendations on how to prevent damage utilizing sandbags, k-rails, and deflection walls to protect individual properties. Sandbags are available at all Los Angeles County Fire Stations.

County Public Works officials will patrol roads to ensure that natural watercourses, roads, and bridges are capable of withstanding the rain runoff. During the storms, catch basins that have screens will be monitored and cleaned should they become clogged. The Department’s Emergency Operations Center will be open and staffed as necessary through the storm period and all Public Work’s operational staff is on call to respond to any incidents.

Supervisor Antonovich encourages residents to take the following precautions:

-- Listen to local radio and TV reports for heavy rainfall areas.
-- Be aware of intense and extensive rainfall.
-- If you live near a stream or channel, be alert for sudden increases or decreases in water levels and change from clear to muddy waters, which may indicate debris flow upstream.
-- If you live in an area that is susceptible to flooding, consider leaving if it is safe to do so.
-- Be aware of your surroundings.
-- Listen for unusual sounds, such as breaking trees. Watch for signs of debris.
-- If you are driving, watch the road for collapsed pavement, mud, fallen rocks, and other indications of debris flow.

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