Severe weather such as heavy rains is not uncommon in Santa Clarita. Given that some areas in our City are susceptible to floods or mudflows, we encourage you to follow these preparedness steps:
Sign up to receive emergency alerts.
Keep emergency supplies on hand, such as a flashlight, water, food, first-aid kit and a portable radio with extra batteries.
Know how to turn off your utilities.
Know your access route(s) in and out of your immediate neighborhood.
Stay informed and monitor weather forecast to be aware of weather patterns that may impact your immediate area.
Prepare Your Property! Check your property, clearing all private drains and rain gutters and disposing of all trash and yard clippings/trimmings in green waste containers.
If you have a rain barrel, check to make sure the downspouts are clear of debris and the connection is working properly. Be sure to remove the overflow drain cover.
Inspect your roof to check for loose tiles, holes, or other signs of trouble.
Visually inspect retaining wall drains, surface drains, ditches, etc. for obstructions or other signs of malfunction. You should do this after the rain as well.
As a precaution, try to avoid having large bare areas which could be sources for mudflows during a storm. Add vegetation in these areas before a large storm.
Visually inspect all sloped areas for surface cracks, slumping, etc. Check your patios and garden walls for signs of cracking or rotation. These are indicators of slope movement; if you have any of these issues it is recommended that you have the site inspected by a geotechnical engineer. For the contact information, please refer to the Civil and Geo-technical Engineers List on the City’s Engineering Services site.
Visually inspect nearby storm drains before and after heavy rainfall. If the storm drains are obstructed, please call the city of Santa Clarita Storm Water Hotline at (661) 222-7222.
To learn more tips about getting ready for heavy rains, please visit santa-clarita.com/ReadyforRain. To learn emergency tips, please visit santa-clarita.com/Emergency.