The County of Los Angeles today is urging its residents to stay one step ahead of El Niño, a massive band of warm ocean water in the Pacific Ocean that is capable of triggering lots of rain throughout the drought-stricken region in the coming months. In and around L.A., roofers have been kept busy repairing and replacing compromised rooftops on homes, apartment complexes and business offices. Quite a few day-laborers have been hired to help clean storm drains and remove debris from catch basins.
The California Department of Transportation has even hired additional staff members to work through the winter months. Currently, local authorities have been setting aside an arsenal of sandbags, pertinent machinery and other equipment that will be needed in the event a disaster, like a mudslide or flash-flooding, occurs. The unusual wet-weather pattern is expected to take hold of Southern California in January, possibly extending into May, according to experts.
Officials say property owners, especially those residing within low-lying areas, still have time during the month of December to prepare for the likelihood of heavy rainfall, with storms predicted to come in one after another.
Weather experts say the upcoming weather event could be among one of the strongest in recorded history. To date, a few mighty weather systems have already been created by the El Niño effect. Last October, the Pacific Ocean experienced a record-setting hurricane season, with the development of Hurricane Patricia, the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere.
Authorities say the predictable onslaught of excessive rain is imminent, a good reason to put together an emergency kit, purchase flood insurance and have emergency alerts sent to your mobile phone. For the most updated information regarding storm safety, preparedness and emergency management, tap this link. To learn where to obtain free sandbags, go here.