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Posted on: December 28, 2020

Winter Storm Updates, Preparedness Tips, Sandbag Locations

Winter Storm

Winter Storm Updates, Preparedness Tips and Sandbag Locations in Malibu

The first significant winter storm brought rain to the Malibu area Sunday night with heaviest rain expected Monday, December 28, 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM and 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, with scattered showers throughout the day. NWS issued a Winter Storm Warning in effect for the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara County mountains through Monday evening. NWS forecasted a slight chance of thunderstorms, mainly coastal and valley areas, with a potential for minor, shallow debris flows in first year burn scars.  

A High Surf Advisory is in effect for Los Angeles County Coast through Tuesday night. The public is advised to avoid contact with ocean water near discharging creeks and storm drains due to high bacteria and pollutant content of storm runoff. During storms, potential beach hazards may include sneaker waves, rip currents, storm debris in the water, high surf and coastal flooding.

UPATE - 12/28/20, 6:30 AM. City Public Works maintenance crews reported no issues, road closures, debris, power or signal outages, or flooding after their overnight maintenance patrols. Public Works started at midnight Sunday night using two blade trucks to monitor and keep clear all City streets, canyon roads and storm drain inlets. Prior to the rain event, heavy equipment was staged at strategic locations. Public Works will continue to monitor throughout the storm event.


Winter Storm Preparations
As part of its storm preparation plan, the City monitors storm conditions and crews use blade trucks to patrol and clear roads, storm drains and culverts to prevent flooding and keep the roads safe, and report any hazards to LA County Sheriff’s, Fire and Public Works Depts. Temporary concrete K-rails are placed to prevent flooding and heavy equipment is pre-placed at strategic areas. Sheriffs Volunteers On Patrol (VOP) assist with patrolling City streets and reporting issues. The City's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Staff is on standby and the EOC will be activated if conditions warrant.  

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.

Due to potential storm-related power outages, it is possible that residents may not receive emergency alerts. Please monitor storm conditions on local AM and FM news radio (which will function on battery powered, solar, hand crank or car radios during power outages) and the National Weather Service at

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 trash cans and cars off the street to help prevent flooding.  


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. (bags, sand, and pre-filled sandbags available 24/7 at entrance of Zuma Beach main parking lot, and at Zuma Beach Maintenance Yard). 

See a list of all sandbag locations.
See an instructional video on how to fill and place sandbags. 

Road Hazards
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 malfunctioning traffic signals as if they are an all-way stop sign. 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.

Flood Insurance
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.

LA County Storm Preparation Resource
See storm season emergency resources, including LA County’s Homeowners Guide to Flood, Debris and Erosion Control at the LA Rain website.

Weather Forecast and Alerts 
National Weather Service LA/Oxnard.
City of Malibu current emergency, weather and traffic alerts.
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