Santa Clarita citizens encouraged to pick up sand bags to prepare for heavy rains
More than three inches of rain is expected to fall on the Santa Clarita Valley when a winter storm hits Thursday night and city officials are encouraging residents to stock up on sandbags.
After fires, mudslides are a big concern because the land has been stripped of the vegetation that soaks up rain, leaving it susceptible to excessive runoff and erosion. All Los Angeles County fire stations in the Santa Clarita Valley now have unfilled sandbags available for residents. Fire stations do not have sand. Residents can get a maximum of 25 sandbags per visit.
Residents may purchase sand from Home Depot or pick up sand free of charge at Curtis Sand and Gravel, located at 14320 Soledad Canyon Road in Canyon Country. Residents must bring a shovel and sandbags to receive sand.
For a complete list of Los Angeles County fire station locations in the Santa Clarita Valley, visit www.santa-clarita.com
Also, with the added water flow, the risk of getting caught in a flash flood is substantially higher. Local emergency responding agencies ran a drill on swift water rescue, and you can read that story by clicking here .