With wintry weather in the forecast, Los Angeles County fire officials today reminded residents of the potential dangers of mud and debris flows.
Residents of areas recently affected by wildfires should be especially cautious, fire officials said.
They urged residents to:
- monitor news reports for weather conditions and possible flooding.
- identify items to take if an evacuation is ordered.
- plan alternate routes for evacuation and be prepared to leave immediately in the event of an order.
- have enough food and water on hand for three days.
- keep a radio and flashlight with fresh batteries in an emergency kit.
- acquire needed sandbags and instructional materials at a local fire station.
Residents outside post-burn areas shouldn’t underestimate the power of storm-debris flows and should stay away from flood control channels, catch basins and natural waterways subject to flooding, officials said.
More information on flood safety is available at http://fire.lacounty.gov.