Similar to predicted El Nino, experts have projected large amounts of rain in a relatively short period of time. City staff has prepared by keeping informed and taking action. We are cleaning out catch basins and surface drains to help water flow and limit flooding. The City wants the community to ready itself as well.
EDUCATE yourself on severe weather and potential outcomes.
- Keep informed through www.lacounty.gov/elnino and visit norwalk.org and our facebook page at www.facebook.com/cityofnorwalkca for alerts and information.
PREVENT flooding and damage from rainfall by preparing your home before the rain hits.
- Inspect your roof for possible leaks.
- Clean out rain gutters and drains
- Clear out standing water or items that can hold water to prevent mosquito breeding.
- Reinforce single pane windows by sealing sides using painter's or duct tape.
- Evaluate your trees and trim as necessary.
- Secure outdoor furniture so it will not blow around in strong winds.
- Prepare for possible power outages.
- Assembly an Emergency Preparedness Kit including water, food, first aid supplies, spare batteries and other supplies.
During storms, listen to updates on traffic and conditions and OPERATE equipment, your household, and care for your family with safety in mind.
- Monitor your radio and television news closely for information concerning weather conditions and flooding in your area.
- Heed agency warnings and notifications.
To help minimize damage that can be caused by flooding, the City of Norwalk, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, is offering free sandbags and sand for Norwalk residents. These items are available on a first come, first served basis at self-serve stations, so you'll need to bring a shovel. For more info on sand, call Public Services at (562) 929-5511. For information on sandbags, go to the Fire Station near you.
Read up on other ways you can prepare, including how to put together an emergency kit, where to call for help, and how to report issues, in the Los Angeles County El Nino Preparedness Brochure by clicking here.