Heavy rainfall can cause property damage. Are you prepared?
Before it Rains
Take preventative measures now before the rain arrives and create a family action plan. Inspect your property for potential hazards and fix any past problem areas. Slopes, roof repairs, and places where water tends to accumulate
are all areas posing potential hazards if there is extended rain. Purchaseplastic sheeting and sandbags for your landscape while stores have supplies. The City’s Maintenance and Fire Departments keep a number of sandbags on hand for emergencies, a major rain incident can quickly deplete their supply.
Residential rain preparations should include clearing debris from gutters, downspouts and low areas in yards or
patios that could cause water back-ups. Call on a professional property inspector to take a look at your roof to be sure seals and caulking are in good shape or if they need to be resealed. Prevent runoff pollution into streets and storm
drains by collecting any trash or landscape clippings from your property into their designated disposal containers. Secure outdoor furniture, equipment ortoys and be sure pets have safe cover. How to Check for Roof Leaks.
When rain storms are predicted, Santa Barbara residents, particularly those in canyon areas or next to potentially
unstable slopes, are urged to prepare and maintain preparedness standards. Sandbags are available for residents who will need to take precautionary measures on their property. Learn how to obtain sandbags from the County.
When a “Flash Flood Watch” is issued by National Weather Service and confirmed by City of Santa Barbara Public Works Officials, the City will open the Sandbag Station. The City’s Sandbag Station is located at the City of Santa Barbara Corporate Annex Yard at 401 East Yanonali Street. Sand and sandbags will be available to the public at the Sandbag Station. Residents should bring their own gloves and be prepared to fill the bags they need. Note when filling sandbags, fill them only half way, so they are not too heavy to lift and will stack properly. Twenty sandbags are
allowed per trip.
During Stormy Days
Avoid driving during heavy downpours. Santa Barbara has experienced minor flooding on city streets, residential mud run-off, brownouts as well as repeated closure and significant damage on the occasion of heavy rain. Some roads are particularly prone to problems during heavy rain—if not from the storm directly, then from resulting mudslides, loose rocks, and car accidents. If you live in a canyon area or use it to commute, it is especially important that you have an emergency plan in place. Consider detours to regular destinations; identify a relative or neighbor that can help with children and animals if you are delayed getting home; and keep a list of important phone numbers so that you can stay informed.
Please remove your trash cans from the street on your trash pick-up day as soon as possible after pick up. Empty trash cans can block storm drains.
The Department of Transportation (Caltrans) maintains jurisdiction over the state highways roadway. However, to
protect public safety, multiple agencies including Santa Barbara Police and Santa Barbara Sheriffs are authorized to close the roadway as necessary during incidents.When closures do occur, they are undoubtedly inconvenient, but rest
assured they are only employed when necessary to protect public safety. Because multiple agencies are involved and conditions can change rapidly, immediate, detailed information is often difficult to obtain. To help streamline
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Without a doubt, pre-planning, staying informed and plenty of patience will help you when the storms hit.
After Rain Emergencies
Should water or mud damage occur on private property, the owner should get in touch with their insurance company
for referrals to approved remediation services and more importantly, to be advised of and if any applicable insurance coverage . Those who may wish to contract on their own for assistance can find commercial vendors listed in the
yellow pages. Look under “water damage” and be sure to inquire if the company is licensed to do this work. Of course, here at ServiceMaster Anytime we are ready to respond to any emergency.
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since 1963. When fire, smoke, or water damage your home or business, speed is essential to minimize further damage. To restore your home or business to its pre-crisis condition – and avoid costly mistakes – it’s just as critical to select the most qualified professionals. As the leader in the restoration and cleaning services industry for more than 40
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