MALIBU/TOPANGA—The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is alerting residents to be prepared for flood safety after the Woolsey Fire. A rise in the probability of mud and debris flow in regions impacted by the wildfire can lead to flooding, mudslides and debris run-off.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) is asking residents living in regions susceptible to debris flow and mudslides to be prepared for danger:
• Obtain sandbags ahead of time. Sandbags (and instructions about how to use them) are available at most local LACoFD fire stations.
• Know how to shut off all utilities. Remember, water and electricity do not
• Flowing water is an instant danger zone. Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain.
• Do not attempt to cross flooded areas and never enter 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.
Residents are being warned that if they see someone swept away in moving water, to not enter the water and attempt to rescue. Contact 911 for emergency rescue personnel and, throw a flotation device to the individual if possible.
For region impacted by the Woolsey Fire, residents can contact fire stations with available sandbags which include: Fire Station 69 located at 401 South Topanga Canyon Boulevard Topanga, CA 90290; Fire Station 70 located at 3970 Carbon Canyon Road Malibu, CA 90265; Fire Station 71 located at 28722 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265; Fire Station 72 located at 1832 Decker Road Malibu, CA 90265.