The 2015 winter season has a higher probability of increased rainfall along the coast of California due to strong El Niño conditions. This year's El Niño is forecasted to become one of the strongest on record. The increased rainfall can result in regional and large scale flooding.
Be aware of the possible impacts from an El Niño winter and plan accordingly
- Monitor radio and TV news closely for information about weather conditions, flooding in your area and safety precautions being advised.
- Be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation is ordered. Have alternate evacuation routes out of your neighborhood.
- Stay away from flood channels and flowing rivers. You could be knocked off your feet in as little as six inches of water.
- Don't try to cross flooded areas and never enter moving water. Turn around - don't drown.
- Floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms and factories. If your home has been flooded, protect your family's health by cleaning up right away. Throw out foods and medicines that may have been affected.
- Stay away from steep slopes that may become unstable when saturated.
- Never touch a downed power line, which can cause serious injury or death. Call 9-1-1 to report it.
- Look for tilted trees, telephone poles, fences or walls, and for new holes or bare spots on hillsides.
- If trapped in your vehicle, stay with it. If possible, relocate to the hood if water continues to rise.
- Be alert when driving. Roads may become blocked or closed due to hazards.
- Report small problems as soon as they occur so they don't turn into bigger problems.
Download the Los Angeles County El Niño brochure:
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