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[ARCHIVED] Winter Storm Updates, Preparedness Tips, Sandbag Locations

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Winter Storm Updates, Preparedness Tips and Sandbag Locations in Malibu

Monday, December 13, 3:00 PM - The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts multiple storms to bring significant rain to Southern California, including Malibu Monday, December 13 through Tuesday, December 14, possibly continuing into Wednesday. NWS forecasts widespread moderate to heavy rain (1-3 inches in valleys and coasts, and 3-6 inches in mountains and foothills). Rain rates of 0.33" - 0.66” per hour for 1 hour are possible. See the latest weather conditions and forecasts at

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. Never touch downed power lines - stay back, warn others and call 911. 

Residents can pick up free, empty sandbags at Malibu area fire stations, but only some offer sand or filled bags. Call your local Fire Station to find out. Please note that Zuma Beach Lifeguard Headquarters does not have sand available for sandbags. Please do not remove sand from the beach, it is a violation of LA County Code. Please note that plastic sandbags are banned in the City of Malibu.   

  • Station 88, Malibu Road - (310) 456-2812
  • Station 70, PCH & Carbon Canyon - (310) 456-2513
  • Station 71, PCH & Zumirez - (310) 457-2578
  • Station 99, PCH & Encinal Canyon Rd - (310) 457-3706
  • Station 72, 1832 Decker Rd -  (310) 457-6186

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.

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Road Closures 
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