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Strong El Niño conditions are on track to bring a wet winter to Southern California. The City of La Palma and partner agencies are preparing for multiple storms to arrive January through April. Now is a good time for homeowners and businesses to prepare.
Potential winter hazards include flooding, road closures, power outages, downed power lines, toppled trees, and collapsed roofs. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the personal risks and impacts upon your property.
Take the following actions, now, while the skies are still blue:
1. Make any needed roof repairs.
2. Clean rain gutters and parking lot drains.
3. Trim trees that may be subject to strong winter winds.
4. If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance.
5. In addition to commercial home improvement stores, La Palma City Public Works and Orange County Fire Authority will have a limited number of sand bags available for public use. More details will be forthcoming.
6. Do not walk or drive into flooded intersections: "Turn Around, Don't Drown."
7. Have an emergency kit, have a plan, and stay informed. For more information, visit: www.ReadyOC.org www.Ready.gov www.OCFA.org www.OCPublicWorks.com
Finally, if you see something, say something: flooded intersections; people in or near flood control channels; and sagging roofs are all potential threats to life. Call 911 or 714-690-3368 (24 hours).