The strongest storm of this winter season slammed California with heavy rain, significant snowfall, high winds and travel disruptions this weekend, and in Los Angeles and Ventura it even shut down some heavily trafficked parts of the 101 and PCH for awhile. With our years-long drought still fresh in the minds of Angelenos, a rain surplus presents its own challenge. That is especially so now in light of the unstable ground conditions in the parts of SoCal affected by the historic fires we suffered though just a few months ago. From those devastating late Fall fires through now, we have had over 11" of rain (we normally get less than 7" in the time period starting with the beginning of the California water year--which is October 1--through now). We housesellers have some basic recommendations to help you through these challenges. 

First, be proactive. We have posted numerous times about how important it is to frequently clear out gutters and to patch, repair or replace damaged roofs. Always cover toxic materials with tight-fitting lids, store them in covered areas and clean up any automotive leaks or spills. Keep up on the disposing of all trash and yard clippings/trimmings in your City-issued containers. Report clogged catch basins in your neighborhood to the Los Angeles Stormwater Hotline at (800) 974-9794. And, very importantly, you will definitely want to review your flood insurance policy to make sure that it provides adequate coverage for your property. If you really want to go the extra mile, grab a few friends/neighbors (and some trash bags) and comb the area around your homes picking up trash. One of the major hazards in heavy rains is trash clogging up passageways and causing flooding. 

It is also extremely important to spot the dangers that come with this type of heavy rain. Be aware of leaning telephone poles, trees, fences and walls as these are signs of potential landslides. Check the drainage around your home to ensure it routes water away from your foundation. Try to keep track of just how much rain is forecast and how this may affect your property. Steer clear of storm drain channels and areas subject to sudden flooding, and stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Report downed electrical lines to the DWP and do not attempt to cross a flowing stream since even shallow water can sweep you off your feet.