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      Department of Public Works Bureau of Sanitation

The City has prepared its personnel, equipment, storm drains, sewers, and facilities for storms and possible flooding this winter. Likewise, residents are encouraged to prepare now for any unexpected heavy rainfall.

By taking certain precautions and preparations, residents can protect themselves and their property. Review the suggestions described in this handout and copy the phone numbers Iisted below on your refrigerator or near your telephone.

  • Review your need for flood insurance. Ensure that your policy is current and provides adequate coverage for your property and its contents in the event of flooding.
  • Clear all private drains, rain gutters and channels.
  • Obtain sand and sand bags. Visit the Los Angeles Fire Department’s web site to find out where to get them at the location nearest you.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers listed at left available at all times.
  • Pick up all litter on your property. Anything loose will be washed away by rainwater.
  • Check the catch basins at the end of your street. If they are clogged, call (800) 974-9794.
  • Stay away from flood control channels and areas subject to sudden flooding.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. Water conducts electricity.
  • Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream. Even shallow water can sweep you off your feet.
  • Do not drive through flooded streets and avoid needless trips.
  • Conserve water to reduce the impact of increased flow into the City’s sewage system.
  • Report flooded streets and clogged catch basins by calling (800) 974-9794.
Related Links:

Flood Tips

FEMA web site

Los Angeles County Swift Water Rescue

Pre-Wet Weather Tips for Pollution Prevention:


  • Cover toxic materials with tight-fitting lids and/or store them indoors.
  • Clean up automotive leaks/spills with kitty litter and dispose properly.
  • Sweep—don’t hose or wash dirt and debris from sidewalks and walkways. And never sweep debris into catch basins.


  • Pick up litter and yard clippings around your home. Dispose or recycle debris in City-issued containers.
  • Use pesticides and fertilizers properly. Ensure that household hazardous materials are covered or stored indoors.
  • Clean up pet waste and flush it down the toilet or dispose of it in your City-issued trash container.
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