15
December
2016
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08:03 PM
America/Los_Angeles

Be Aware of Winter Weather Conditions

Winter storms are heading our way, bringing with them the potential for significant rainfall. With years of drought, large rainstorms can cause flooding and mudslide.

Below are a few items to keep in mind as the storms approach:

Flood Watch = "Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.

Flood Warning = "Take Action!" Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.

Flash Flood Warning = Issued when a sudden flood is imminent or occurring in the warned area.

Parking Lots – Are sloped for maximum drainage. Water can move quickly across them. Please be careful.

Walkways & Floors – Can be slippery. Plan ahead and wear proper shoes.

Vehicles

  • Slow down. Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you. Stopping distances are increased by wet roads.
  • Change windshield wipers if worn or damaged.
  • If steering becomes unresponsive due to the rain, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

Drainage Areas and Retention Basin – Could have high water levels. Avoid these areas.

Flood waters – Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks including infectious diseases, chemical hazards, and injuries. If you come in contact with flood waters, wash hands with soap and disinfected water.

Hillside damage from fires – Be cautious and watchful, report any suspicious movement.

Turn Around Don’t Drown

  • 6 inches of fast moving flood water can knock an adult off his or her feet.
  • 12 inches of fast moving water can carry off a small car.
  • 18 to 24 inches of fast moving water can carry away large vehicles (trucks, etc.).