Help LA Prepare for Wet Weather


At the beginning of every rainy season, the City of Los Angeles prepares its  equipment, facilities and personnel for the wet weather to come.  For several months now, City crews have been clearing out debris basins, checking equipment and preparing for the winter rains that are on the way.  We encourage you to do the same in your community. By following these tips to prepare your home, business and neighborhood, you’ll be ready once the raindrops start to fall.

Before the Storm

  • Review your flood insurance policy, ensuring that it provides adequate coverage for your property.
  • Check your property, clearing all private drains and rain gutters and disposing of all trash and yard clippings/trimmings in your City-issued containers.
  • Cover household toxic materials like paints, fertilizers or pesticides with tight-fitting lids and/or store them indoors and clean up any automotive leaks or spills.
  • Take a walk around your community and pick up any trash, litter or cigarette butts you find in your neighborhood. Encourage friends and family to do the same!
  • Report clogged catch basins in your neighborhood by calling the Los Angeles Stormwater Hotline at (800) 974-9794.
  • If necessary, obtain sand bags. Contact the Los Angeles Fire Department to find the location nearest you.

During and After the Storm

  • Stay away from storm drain channels and areas subject to sudden flooding.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Report downed electrical lines to the Department of Water and Power.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flowing creek or river. Even shallow water can sweep you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through flooded streets and avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Report flooded streets and clogged catch basins by calling the Los Angeles Stormwater Hotline at (800) 974-9794.

Photos courtesy of Van Sutherland and Rodney Ramsey.


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