sandbags in flood waters

flood watch

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It’s a familiar sequence of disasters for Californians, after the vegetation has burned from the hillside, rainy weather has the potential to trigger mud and debris flow into areas already impacted natural disaster. This scenario could happen again in areas impacted by the Tick and Getty fires.

We ask those affected by recent fires to be diligent, check for status updates and if necessary, and be prepared to evacuate immediately.

It is imperative that residents in previously fire-burned areas are prepared in case of an emergency.

Here are some ideas to keep in mind before the next big storm.

•     Check with your local Fire station for free sandbags. For more information visit: https://pw.lacounty.gov/dsg/sandbags/

•     Prepare a “Go Bag” that includes a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, warm clothing, first aid kit, cash, important documents, and other items you might need for at least three days.

•     Provide for the needs of your pets.

•     Stay home if you really don’t need to be outside.

•     Use extreme caution you are using local roads and slow down for debris in the street.

•     Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.

•     Stay away from downed power lines and report them to your local authorities.

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