Flooding on a Los Angeles-area roadway. Courtesy OnScene.TV
Flooding on a Los Angeles-area roadway. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti reminded citizens Thursday of ways to stay safe during the coming storm.

“The city of Los Angeles is here to help people who need assistance during the storm,” Garcetti said.

“You can report problems such as flooding, mudslides, or fallen trees by calling 311, using the MyLA311 app, or visiting www.myla311lacity.org. Everyone in Los Angeles is grateful for the dedication of our incredible city workers, and we know they stand on the front line to help us get through weather we do not experience very often. Let’s all look out for each other on the roads and in our neighborhoods, take some time for indoor fun with family and friends, and have a safe and happy weekend.”

The Southland’s most powerful storm of the year so far is expected to start in the area Thursday night and continue through Saturday morning, with unusually heavy rainfall expected on Friday.

Garcetti reminded Angelenos to be extra cautious behind the wheel, be mindful of the need for sandbags and other precautions for their homes, and to conserve water by turning off sprinklers.

The city’s public safety, public works, and utility departments are deploying additional resources during the storms, including swift-water rescue teams and making ready-to-fill sandbags available at every fire station, Garcetti said, and the city’s Emergency Operations Center will also be activated to monitor all storm-related activity.

All of the city winter shelters will also be open for 72 hours beginning Thursday at 5 p.m. The hours and locations can be found at www.lahsa.org.

Angelenos are also encouraged to register with NotifyLA, the city’s mass notification system, at www.notifyla.org. Anyone who registers will receive information via voice, text, or email message alerts if their area is impacted by an emergency.

— City News Service

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