As you may already know…There will be a RAIN STORM today! This is forecasted to be the biggest rain event in years, with 1″ of rain per hour at times, or more!
Forecasts are for between 3 to 6 inches of rain to fall through Saturday morning, with winds 25 to 35 mph and gusting up to 50 mph. The winds pose a particular risk in PVE due to the trees soaked by previous storms, or tree branches, all of which can be blown down onto cars, people, homes, or power lines.
A few common sense tips:
•Avoid parking on the streets to help the water flow away, and do not park in front of storm drain inlets or on top of storm drain grates. If possible, park in a garage or driveway away from trees as trees and tree limbs are likely to fall in the wind.
•Prepare your house and yards. Clear your outdoor drains and gutters of any leaves, dirt or debris. Secure trash, recycling bins and any other items that have the potential of blowing or floating away. Weakened trees should be inspected by an arborist. If that isn’t possible today, avoid the area as falling trees or branches most often do not give notice or a warning, they just come crashing down.
•Use sandbags to help prevent rising waters from entering your home, or to divert water off your property. Sandbags can be utilized to help protect your home and property before a storm to divert flows. Sand and sandbags are available to residents at the sandbag station located next to the Fire Department at 340 Palos Verdes Drive West (west side of City Hall). If residents need more than 10-15 bags, please make arrangements with a home supply store.
•Don’t risk your life. During significant storm events, avoid waterways, flood control channels and the ocean, which can all rapidly swell and become extremely dangerous. NO PLACE outside with lightning or heavy torrential rain is safe! Today is a good day to avoid being on the roads.
Download the SCE app on a smart phone so you can get information if there is a power outage. Or, monitor the SCE website from a battery powered computer such as a laptop or tablet (cellular via Bluetooth may be required). Do not use candles. Instead use LED lights and/or flashlights. The Fire Department encounters an increase in house fires due to candle use during outages. Be safe, use battery powered lights.
Palos Verdes Estates Weather
•Report non-emergency storm-related problems by calling the Police Department business line at (310) 378-4211.
The Streets & Parks (Public Works) Department by calling City Hall at (310) 378-0383 during regular business hours (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
◦For downed power lines, call 911
◦For EMERGENCIES, call 9-1-1
•Have Emergency Alerts sent to your mobile phone and email. Register for the City’s e-Notifications by visiting its website (http://www.pvestates.org) and the Police Department’s Nixle text alerts by texting your zip code to 888777.
•Periodic updates will be posted on the City’s website as well as social media. We will have our police, fire, and City Hall staff in our Emergency Operations Center today monitoring the storm and the City.
PVEPD will have extra staff out today, we expect to be overwhelmed so please be safe, avoid travel if possible, monitor your area, be self-reliant to the extent possible, keep an eye on vulnerable neighbors such as the elderly or those living alone. And, as always, call if you need us.