March 4, 2019 5:17 PM
Rain expected in Malibu Tues - Fri. Be prepared for possible shallow flooding, mud & debris flows.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts a storm system will impact Southern California including #Malibu, with rain starting Tuesday, March 5 in the afternoon, with showers continuing through Thursday and Friday. The heaviest rain is expected from Tuesday, about 9:00 PM to Wednesday about 9:00 AM with a chance of thunderstorms. Peak rainfall rates of 0.30"-0.60" per hour, and higher in case of thunderstorms, are expected, with a storm total of 1.00" to 2.50". NWS estimates peak rainfall rates in the Woolsey Fire burn area to be 0.5” up to 0.75” per hour.
Expect possible roadway flooding, shallow mud and debris flows especially in the Woolsey Fire burn area, canyon rockfalls, power outages, hazardous road conditions, and potential evacuations.
Check National Weather Service storm forecasts at
Visit the Flood Hazards Map Web Page at https://www.malibucity.org/924/Flood-Vulnerability-Maps.
See the complete NWS storm forecast presentation at https://www.malibucity.org/DocumentCenter/View/23846/NWS_Storm_Webinar_3_04_2019.
As part of its storm preparation plan, the City continues to monitor storm conditions and crews are patrolling and clearing roads of rocks and debris, clearing storm drains and culverts to prevent flooding, placing temporarily concrete k-rails to prevent flooding and debris flows, and has pre-placed heavy equipment at areas sensitive to flooding and debris flows. Sheriffs Volunteers On Patrol (VOP) assist with patrolling City streets and reporting issues.
During storm events, flooding, mud and debris flows are a very real and dangerous threat to the communities affected by the Woolsey Fire. Due to an increased probability of mud and debris flows in these fire areas, it is important to plan and prepare. Prepare for lack of water, power and natural gas, non-functional traffic signals, and roads that may be impassable.
Mud and debris flows can have a devastating impact, including loss of life and home. Residents are urged to prepare for possible evacuations. Evacuation orders should not be taken lightly and are ordered because there is a threat to life and property. Evacuate early to reduce traffic congestion out of Malibu.
Due to potential storm-related power outages, it is possible that residents may not receive emergency alerts. Please monitor storm conditions on local news radio, and if possible, the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/lox. If heavy rain persists, do not wait for evacuation orders - leave early.
The use of plastic sandbags is prohibited in City limits.
Residents can pick up free, empty sandbags at Malibu area fire stations.
Station #70 - 3970 Carbon Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Station #71 - 28722 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Station #88 - 23720 Malibu Rd, Malibu, CA 90265
Station #99 - 32550 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Zuma Beach Lifeguard Headquarters - pre-filled sandbags available
Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways, which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain. Check on your neighbors, particularly those who are elderly or live alone. People who live on gated properties should leave gates open to prevent mud and debris from locking them in, and to ensure access for emergency responders. Move trashcans and cars off the street to help prevent flooding.
Based on mud, debris, and other hazards, roads throughout the burn areas are subject to intermittent closures due to mud and debris flow. Use extreme caution as you drive through these areas. Watch for slippery road conditions and follow posted warnings and speed signs.
On the roads, be cautious of emergency, utility and work crews and vehicles. Approach all intersections with caution, traffic signals may be out due to storm-related power outages. Never drive into moving water. If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help. If flooding traps you in your car, stay inside. If the water rises higher, wait on top of your car for assistance. Do not step into moving water around your car.
If you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Call 911 for emergency rescue personnel and, if possible, throw them a flotation device.
Know how to shut off utilities. Beware of water around electricity, including downed power lines, generators, electric appliances, and your home electrical system. There may be storm relate power outages. For current power outages, visit SCE outage center page at https://www.sce.com/outage-center.
Find out if you have flood insurance and what your existing policy covers. Call your insurance agent or contact the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center (NFIP) at 800-621-3362 for information about the NFIP or questions about an existing policy or visit the FEMA website at www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program.
LA County Storm Preparation Resource
Visit www.lacounty.gov/larain for storm season emergency resources, including LA County’s Homeowners Guide to Flood, Debris and Erosion Control.
Weather Forecast and Advisories
National Weather Service LA/Oxnard: https://www.weather.gov/lox.
For continued information on road closures and evacuations visit:https://tinyurl.com/ycbwpdjb. (Enter an address to search for a specific location).
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