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Finally…Rains come to Drought Stricken Southern California

by Pasadena Independent
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Photo by Terry Miller

Photo by Terry Miller

Finally…Rains come to Drought Stricken Southern California
Southland gets continuous rain for two days

As a strong storm system brought periods of heavy rain to the area through this week, the National Weather Service was projecting up to 8″ of rainfall in the foothill and mountain areas. However in San Gabriel Valley the rain has been steady but not terribly heavy at least for most of Tuesday when the heaviest rains were expected.

Flash flooding possible in ventura and
los angeles counties as well as the mountains and south coast of
santa barbara county…according to NWS.

The NWS advised “Strong and moist southerly flow associated with a storm system
Just off the coast will bring moderate to heavy rainfall to the
area for most of Tuesday. rainfall of this intensity
and duration has the potential to bring dangerous flash flooding
with damaging mud and debris flows to the recent burn areas – according to the national weather service.”

Residents near the recent burn areas…especially the
Springs…Colby…Powerhouse and Williams burn areas…should
be prepared for significant mud and debris flows. additionally
residents in the Santa Monica mountains should be prepared for
rock and debris flow on local roadways including the PCH

Area cities are reminding residents that it is a perfect time to further conserve water by turning off automatic sprinkler and irrigation systems. With the anticipated saturation of the soils from the storm, residents should consider leaving their automatic sprinkler and irrigation systems off for the next week

The Pasadena Fire Department has sand and sandbags available at two fire stations, and is issuing safety tips.

Residents can pick sandbags at Station 37, Halstead Station, at 3430 E. Foothill Blvd., 91107; and Station 38, Salvia Canyon Station, at 1150 Linda Vista, 91103

The Fire Department is issuing the following safety tips for heavy rains:
•Clear debris and overgrowth from drainage channels and rain gutters before rains.
•Be very cautious if holiday lights are still up and being used. When saturated with water they can cause a short. Surge protectors are recommended.
•Keep fuel in your car; power outages might shut down gas pumps.
•Don’t use any food, even canned, that has come in contact with rainwater.
•Stay away from storm drain channels and other bodies of water.
•Keep your disaster kit updated with flashlight, extra batteries, portable battery-operated radio, first aid kit and manual, emergency food and water for your family and pets, non-electric can opener, essential medications, sturdy shoes and comfort items for children.
•Allow extra time and caution for travel.

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