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By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

El Niño has arrived and it looks even more powerful than expected, reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Don’t get caught in flooded waters and debris flow!  You need to be aware of the potential flood and debris flow dangers associated with rainy days.  Here’s what to do.


  • Make sure any necessary home repairs are complete. Clean yard and roof gutters.
  • Determine the areas on your property that may have flooded in the past. If needed utilize sandbags for those areas. 
  • Make sure your car’s tires have proper tread and windshield wipers are in proper working order.
  • Never drive around marked flood barricades or into flood waters.
  • Never attempt to walk or wade through flowing water. As little as 6 inches of water can sweep you off your feet causing a potentially life threatening situation.
  • Monitor radio and TV news closely for information about weather conditions and flooding in your area.
  • Identify important items to take if your neighborhood is evacuated, such as computers, photos, important documents, medications, and other needed items for your family and pets.
  • Be prepared to leave immediately if an evacuation is ordered.  Have alternate evacuation routes out of your neighborhood.
  • Have enough food and water to supply your family for at least a 72-hour period.
  • Always remember to include a radio and flashlight with fresh batteries in your kit
  • If you do not need to leave your house, stay indoors
  • Use common sense and safety at all times!


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El Nino

They are now predicting that the next 3 or 4 months will bring storms such as what we just experienced. Hope people take a moment to assess their homes and property and do what they have to do to prepare for the next onslaught. I sandbagged low lying flood prone areas last week when I heard this was coming and I'm glad I did! My home would be flooded by now, had I not done so.