As rainstorms hit the Santa Clarita Valley and L.A. County, it is important to continue planning and preparing for the increased potential of flooding, mudslides and debris run-off. The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) urges residents living in areas prone to debris flow and mudslides to be prepared for danger:
Obtain sandbags ahead of time. Sandbags (and instructions about how to use them) are available at most local LACoFD fire stations.
Know how to shut off all utilities. Remember, water and electricity do not mix.
Flowing water is an instant danger zone. Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins,
canyons and natural waterways which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain.
Do not attempt to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water.
If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help.
If flooding traps you in your car, stay inside. If the water rises higher, wait on top of your car for assistance. Do not step into moving water around your car.
If you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Call 911 for emergency rescue personnel and, if possible, throw them a flotation device.
At Los Angeles County beaches, a large WNW/WSW swell began developing Saturday, and peaked on Saturday afternoon but is remaining through Tuesday. Wave heights are forecasted to reach the 6’-12’ range. This swell, paired with strong winds and rainfall, will make for dangerous ocean conditions. Los Angeles County Lifeguards urge inexperienced swimmers, surfers and mariners to stay out of the water until these conditions subside, and to avoid water contact at beaches for at least 72 hours after a period of significant rain.
Being prepared increases your chances of surviving a major water-related emergency. For more information on flood safety and disaster preparedness, please visit: https://www.fire.lacounty.gov/safety-messages/winter-safety-tips/.