Big winter storm is on the way
The National Weather Service San Diego Office issued a Wind Advisory for San Diego County valleys from 4 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14, to midnight, Tuesday night.
Southwest winds are expected between 20 to 30 mph with gusts 35 to 45 mph. Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects. Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages may result, according to the National Weather Service. Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a high profile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.
Flash flooding on Tuesday is possible due to excessive rainfall through the day with isolated afternoon thunderstorms.
San Diego prepares
With rain in the forecast, the City of San Diego is taking proactive steps to prevent flooding and protect water quality while also urging residents to take action to safeguard their homes, especially those in flood-prone areas.
The City’s Stormwater Department is temporarily placing “no parking” signs in low-lying or flood-risk areas, cleaning storm drains and inlets with a history of debris buildup, street sweeping to reduce trash and pollutants from entering waterways and monitoring more than 46,000 storm drains citywide for any issues.
“Crews are working hard to make sure we are as prepared as possible ahead of the coming storm by proactively inspecting pump stations and protecting areas vulnerable to flooding,” said Kris McFadden, director of the City’s Stormwater Department. “We’re asking San Diegans to ‘Think Blue’ and do their part to help prevent rainfall from carrying pollution into our local waterways and the ocean. Taking a couple steps today will ensure we have clean water and clean beaches for all of us tomorrow.”
San Diego residents can individually prepare for the rains and help reduce the risk of flooding near their homes and properties by taking a few simple steps:
- Sweep and pick up trash, leaves, grass clippings and other debris that collect around storm drains and curb gutters near your home.
- Keep the lid securely closed on trash and recycle bins when placing them out on the street for collection. Place each bin approximately two to three feet away from the curb so as not to impede the stormwater flowing on the street.
- Proactively turn off irrigation to save water and minimize runoff.
- Know the safest routes to and from your home or property should flooding occur.
- Slow down and do not drive, ride or walk through flood waters.
- Do not open or lift manhole covers in the event of street flooding.
During the rains, multiple crews from the City’s Storm Patrol will be actively monitoring areas throughout the city and responding to incidents, such as temporary flooding and downed trees or branches.
Sandbags are also available in limited supply and can be picked up at nine recreation centers centrally located in each City Council District. Residents with identification showing proof of residency can receive up to 10 empty sandbags. As the sandbags are not pre-filled, residents are encouraged to also plan to buy sand at local hardware stores, landscape suppliers or wherever else sand can be purchased. Sandbags are available Monday through Friday from 1 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive.
Residents can report events, such as flooding or downed trees, by using the Get It Done application (https://www.sandiego.gov/get-it-done) or by calling (619) 527-7500. If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911. For more information and resources on how to properly prepare before a storm, visit the City’s Storm Preparedness page.