Residents of California are going to need more than just their raincoats and goulashes as rains hit the states, with heavier precipitation expected to fall on Southern California later on Tuesday evening and into Wednesday. An MSNBC report states the National Weather Service (NOAA) predicts that up to 8 inches of rain could fall in some parts of the state, with as much as 10 inches of snow in the mountains. As a result, NOAA has issued flood warnings, flashflood warnings and winter weather advisories across the state. Already, more than 13 feet of snow has fallen in the mountain ranges, as well as over 12 inches of rain.
Mud Slides Feared
MSNBC states that LA homes at the foot of the San Gabriel Mountain are at risk for experiencing damage from mudslides or debris flows that could carry trees, soil and boulders. Geologists have already detected debris flows of 3 feet per mile in the Arroyo Seco watercourse. If the rain falls at a rate of an inch per hour or more, the risk for debris flows or mudslides will be higher.
Officials in Kern County have already evacuated more than 2,000 residents because as many as 500 homes are at risk for flooding. If your neighborhood is being evacuated, follow the instructions of the rescue workers assisting with the efforts. Learn which streets are blocked, and let residents of the home who are away from it know that you have evacuated, the route you plan to take and where you plan to stay. While you are out, do not attempt to drive through large puddles or pools of water, as it does not take much to sweep a car into a current.
Make a Plan
Unexpected moments like these remind us of the importance of developing an emergency disaster plan and kit. What is equally as important as knowing how to get out of harm’s way is having a plan to get back on your feet after the event—a plan to recover and get your life and business back to normal.