How to Prepare for Flooding in Los Angeles

Rain lingers over parts of California from big, slow-moving storm surges. The coastal communities already feel the aftermath, as the flood waters from the massive storm surge that hit south-central Los Angeles after Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 Supertyphoon—the strongest storm in the modern era—laid waste to parts of the city.

As residents brace for more flooding and the first deaths from the storm, here’s where you can find the best information on flood preparedness and safety while it rains or snows in Los Angeles and other southern California communities. If you have flood insurance, you will also find helpful information on where to get a temporary flood insurance address.

The Emergency Information Line, 323-977-7233, is staffed 24 hours a day and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week during disaster time.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Flood Control and Evacuation Center has a number of resources for people who are impacted by the storm.

The Emergency Operations Center will have an alert website, but you can also check out the following emergency resources and documents.

A list of recommended safe harbors in the metropolitan areas.

A list of flood evacuation routes in the metropolitan areas.

A list of emergency evacuation points in the metropolitan areas.

The National Safety Council has a fact sheet that will highlight the different types of flood zones that exist in the Los Angeles region. You know you’re in a flood zone when a waterline is needed, and you know you must evacuate a place when it’s not inundated to the normal level of flooding.

The Weather Channel has a special report on the dangers of rainstorms in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, including flood-related risks during the storm.

The National Weather Service has a special storm surge flood danger notice page. You can view information on flood stages and coastal warning systems in the Greater Los Angeles area.

The NOAA Weather Radio will provide weather reports about flood conditions during the storm from 5 p.m. to 7 a.m. The radio will also broadcast all-day emergency information messages.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s National Weather Service Hazards Mapping Center

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