LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Authorities today reminded Southlanders in burn areas of flood safety preparations that should be made in anticipation of upcoming rains.
A statement issued by the Woolsey Fire unified command team warns that mud and debris flows “are a very realistic threat to the communities affected by the Hill and Woolsey fires. Due to an increased probability of mud and debris flows in these fire areas, it is important to plan and prepare. Evacuation orders should not be taken lightly, and are ordered because there is a threat to life and property.”
Burn area residents can pick up empty sandbags at their local fire stations, and can visit www.lacounty.gov/larain for storm season emergency resources, including Los Angeles County's “Homeowners Guide to Flood, Debris and Erosion Control.”
Other safety tips:
-- Know how to shut off all utilities. Remember, water and electricity do not mix.
-- Flowing water is an instant danger zone. Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways, which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain.
-- Do not attempt to cross the flooded areas -- and never enter moving water.
-- If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help.
-- If flooding traps you in your car, stay inside. If the water rises higher, wait on top of your car for assistance. Do not step into moving water around your car.
-- And if you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Call 911 for emergency rescue personnel and, if possible, throw them a flotation device.
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