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The Climate Prediction Center forecasts that El Niño will produce frequent rain storms from November 2015 through March 2016. The City of Downey is already taking steps to prepare its personnel, equipment and facilities for winter rains. Here are a few ways you can prepare too.
Before the rain:
- Review your flood insurance policy, ensuring that it provides adequate coverage for your property.
- Be sure your roof does not leak. A simple inspection or observation during a storm of wet areas on the ceiling should be adequate.
- Rain gutters should be checked every year to be sure they are clear of leaves and debris.
- Know your property. Consider low spots and high flow areas, identify changes in slope and grade that influence where water and debris flow and collect.
During the rain:
- Stay away from storm drain channels and areas subject to sudden flooding.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Report downed electrical lines to Southern California Edison at 1-800-611-1911.
- Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream of water. Even shallow water can sweep you off your feet.
- Do not drive through flooded streets and avoid needless trips.
- Report flooded streets, clogged catch basins, and potholes in your neighborhood by calling the Department of Public Works at 562-904-7194, submitting an online service request, or by using the MyDowney App.
- If necessary, obtain sandbags for flood prone property.
The City can provide pre-filled sandbags to Downey residents during rain storms (maximum of 10 per household). ID is required for proof of Downey residency. Sandbags can be picked up at the following locations:
City Maintenance Yard (pre-filled and ready to fill bags with supplied sand)
12324 Bellflower Blvd.
City Utilities Yard (pre-filled only)
9252 Stewart and Gray Rd.
Hours for City Yards: Monday-Thursday 6:30am-4pm, Friday 6:30am-3pm
Fire Station 1
12222 Paramount Blvd.
Fire Station 2
9556 Imperial Hwy.
Fire Station 3
9900 Paramount Blvd.
Fire Station 4
9349 Florence Ave.
*All Fire Stations have pre-filled bags only.
For questions or more information, please call the City Maintenance Yard at (562) 904-7194.
As part of the preparations underway for El Niño, Los Angeles County has launched a robust webpage to communicate emergency information and share preparedness tips with residents, businesses, and community partners: www.lacounty.gov/elnino.
The webpage provides storm-related resources including safety tips, weather forecasts, and information for homeowners affected by floods and mudslides. Additionally, visitors can find info guides, PSAs, and a dedicated Twitter feed of first responder agencies tweeting about this year’s storms.