With heavy rains in the forecast, the Glendale Fire Department is
warning residents to prepare for the possibility of floods and
Sandbags are available at all fire stations, with limits of 10 per
household. Fire officials warn not to rely on that supply, as high
demand could create shortages in certain areas. To be effective,
sandbagging and other preparations must be done well in advance of
the actual storms.
While sandbags may redirect small amounts of water, officials
warned residents in canyon areas to keep rain gutters clear and know
how to shut off utilities. It's also important to keep a 72-hour
supply of food and water on hand as well as a flashlight.
Canyon dwellers also need to monitor weather conditions higher up
the mountains, as water and mudslides can strike even when there has
been no nearby rainfall.
For anyone who comes into contact with floodwaters, there are a
few important tips to remember. The most important step is to avoid
crossing flooded or flood-prone areas, such as catch basins. If
trapped by floodwater, seek the highest ground and stay with your
car, fire officials said.
For additional information, people can contact the Glendale Fire
Department at 548-4800.