October 17, 2018
Storm warnings eased, sunshine on the rebound
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – As the season’s first storm moves out, steps to protect lives and property are being eased.

In Corona, steady rain late Tuesday afternoon prompted a mandatory evacuation in a foothill area of West Corona impacted by the Canyon Fire last September. Police initiated the evacuation after a Flash Flood Warning for an area that included San Ramon Drive, San Almada Road and Elderberry Circle. Mud, water and storm debris was collecting on some streets.

In the event of storms later this winter, many fire stations offer empty sandbags and loose sand. In Moreno Valley, sandbags are limited to 25 per resident. Any fire station will have the empty bags. Bags and sand can be obtained at the City Yard’s main office on Perris Boulevard.

STORM PRECAUTIONS:
• Check rain gutters and drains to make sure they are clear of debris to help keep water from building up on or around your home.
• Make sure all irrigation systems are OFF to avoid adding to already saturated areas. City of Redlands irrigation restrictions prohibit watering landscaping within 48 hours of rainfall.
• If you have experienced land movement around your home, watch for water or natural gas leaks associated with shifting soils. While relatively uncommon, an ongoing water leak can compound flood conditions.
• Drive safely. Most injuries during stormy weather are directly related to traffic accidents associated with the weather. If you can make fewer trips or avoid being on the road during the storms, all the better.
• Turn Around, Don’t Drown® Never drive through flooded roadways. If you come to an area that is covered with flood water, you will not know the depth of the water or the condition of the ground under the water. Road beds may be washed out under flood waters.
o Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars causing loss of control and possible stalling.
o A foot of water will float many vehicles.
o Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pick-ups.
• Be aware of your surroundings and report wires down, significant mud slides, fallen trees or substantial flooding.
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