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Ready For A Rainy Day
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While we Angelenos love to highlight our beautiful SoCal sunshine and weather, we also admit that we get a fair amount of rain, especially in the wintertime. With January already here and February rapidly approaching, this is the perfect time to make sure that you are ready for heavy rain. The first two months of the year are often the wettest ones, so here’s a simple checklist that you can use to make sure that you are prepared.

  • Register with NotifyLA:
    • NotifyLA is a notification system that provides important information to Los Angeles residents during times of emergencies and disasters. Residents who have registered with NotifyLA will receive important messages via e-mail, text and voicemail.
  • Check your home’s rain gutters:
    • Now is the time to clean out your home’s rain gutters and make sure that they are free of leaves and debris. You can also double-check that there are no leaks in your gutters. While it might seem like a bit of work to do now, proper gutter maintenance, especially during the rainy season, can prevent property damage.
  • Do a mini neighborhood clean up
    • Take a walk around your neighborhood Are there leaves or trash in the gutters in your neighborhood? ? How do your neighborhood catch basins look? Are they free of debris and trash? If the area needs some clean-up, gather some neighbors together to safely pick up trash. That way, this debris does not end up clogging the storm drains during the rain and creating street flooding. If you notice that the storm drains are already clogged, contact LA’s Storm Drain Hotline at (800) 974-9794 so that LA Sanitation crews can remove the trash and debris.
  • Don’t forget your rain barrels:
    • Make sure that your rain barrels are ready to capture water and harvest rain. Be sure to check that there is no debris in your barrels that has piled up since the last rain. Also make sure to double-check that the downspout is properly connected and the overflow valve is open. If you do not have a rain barrel, now is the perfect time to get one.
  • Is your car ready?
    • Check on your windshield wipers and tire treads! You want to make sure that your wipers are in good working condition and that your tire treads are at the proper depth. You also want to check that your car is not leaking any fluids. Otherwise, these leaking toxins will wash into our local rivers and creeks when it rains.
  • Pick up free sandbags at your local fire department
    • Properly filled sandbags can act as a barrier to divert water around buildings. They are excellent for preventing homes from getting severe flood damage. The Los Angeles Fire Department gives out free sandbags so be sure to get them to protect your home during this rainy season.

For more great tips, read about LASAN’s wet weather preparations here and if you have any questions or tips you would like to share with us, e-mail us at lastormwater@lacity.org

 

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