A lot of rainfall is projected this rainy season in Southern California. In a state that rarely sees this much rainfall, and a state that just until a few months ago was suffering from a historic drought, we don’t really have the water infrastructure to accommodate the extra rainwater that we will be getting this rainy season. Are you prepared for El Niño? Here are some tips to help you prepare for El Niño.
If you live in an area that is predisposed to flooding, or if you are concerned about flooding around your home or business you should acquire some emergency sandbags. Many public works are providing free sandbags to their communities. You can also purchase sandbags at most home improvement stores.
# 2 Ensure Proper Drainage
When we see heavy rainfall the water has to be diverted somewhere. Gutters, downspouts, storm drains, etc… all play a huge role in diverting water away from your home. Make sure these are all in good condition and free of debris that can cause clogs and prevent proper drainage. In addition, if you have a basement you may want to check your sump pump to make sure it is working correctly.
#3 Be Aware of Possible Mudslides
With heavy rainfall comes another set of problems, mudslides. Mudslides occur with heavy rainfalls in areas where foliage is sparse. With no roots to hold the earth in place, and the extra weight from the wet soil a devastating mudslide can occur. You can prevent soil erosion by placing mulch, rocks, bark, grass, and plants like grass and shrubs on areas of concern.
#4 Rain Barrels
Rain barrels are really cool. They can collect the water from your downspout. They can help divert water and also collect about a gallon of water for every inch of rain. This is water that can be saved and used for gardening later. By collecting rainwater you reduce the amount of water that flows into our local waterways, which reduces the number of pollutants from fertilizers, pesticides, and automotive fluids that flow into the ocean. One important thing to keep in mind is that water collected from rain barrels isn’t considered safe for human consumption.
# 5 Insurance Policy
With heavy rainfalls approaching its a good idea to prepare. That may mean checking your insurance coverage on your homeowners' policy. Make sure you have adequate coverage. If you are renting you may want to take out renters insurance if you don’t already have it.
There is nothing wrong with being prepared. We would rather be prepared for the worst than being caught off guard. In addition to preparing your home for heavy rains from El Niño, also remember to slow down when driving in the rain, and keep an emergency kit with you with a first aid kit and flashlight just in case.