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Residents urged to prepare for storm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Weather forecasters are predicting heavy rainfall tonight into Tuesday, which could cause up to 3 inches of accumulation in the San Gabriel Valley. National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Wofford of the Oxnard office said the rain could turn out to be as treacherous as that of last winter’s storms. “It may be similar in intensity, not the same in duration,” Wofford said Sunday evening. “It’s not going to last as long as last year’s winter storm.” Wofford predicted a 60 percent chance of scattered showers today, but said the “bulk of the storm is still quite a ways offshore. “The storm itself is a combination: It came across the Pacific, but there is a lot of activity in the tropics that it’s drawing its moisture from,” he said. Wofford said the chance of rain tonight is at least 90 percent. Burn areas are the primary concern, Wofford said, because the threshold for flooding in those areas is lower than in others. “It’s really easy for mud and debris to flow off burn areas into residential areas and for rain to run off very quickly,” he said. “\, you get your usual assortment of road flooding and drains getting clogged, things like that.” He said those who live in burn areas should prepare by putting out sandbags. The National Weather Service also suggests that during heavy rain, people drive more slowly and look out for closed roadways, he said. Wofford said rainfall in Southern California is more than 5inches under what is normal for this time of year. Kerjon Lee, a public information officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, said the department prepares throughout the year for storms such as these. The West Covina Fire Department will make sandbags available at the following locations in the city: Fire Station No. 1, 819 S. Sunset Ave.; Fire Station No. 4, 1815 S. Azusa Ave.; and Fire Station No. 5, 2650 E. Shadow Oak Ave. For information on how to get sandbags in other areas, contact local fire or police departments or stations. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 ——— STORM ADVICE Clear all roof drains and rain gutters of debris. Avoid unnecessary trips during dangerous weather conditions. Keep abreast of local news and weather reports Keep emergency supply kits in your home, work and car. Stay clear of fast-moving water, no matter how deep. Source: West Covina Police Departmentlast_img

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