City Prepares Response to El Niño

El-Nino-gathering-over-th-001According to the Climate Prediction Center of the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, there is a greater than 95 percent chance of a strong El Niño event lasting through the 2015-16 winter season, which typically brings with it sustained periods of heavy rainfall. The City of Culver City has drafted the El Niño Preparation Plan that provides recommendations to the community on ways to prepare for the impacts of El Niño in addition to outlining the City’s strategy in response to the storms.

The public is invited to attend a presentation of the Plan at the October 12, 2015 City
Council meeting, which will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Mike Balkman Council Chambers at
City Hall, located at 9770 Culver Boulevard in Culver City.
“The Plan will guide residents and businesses on ways to prepare their properties ahead
of time, in order to reduce the destructive impacts of severe rain storms”, said Mayor
Micheál O’Leary. The Plan includes instructions on how to clear drains and gutters,
secure or store loose items in yards, inspect roofs for leaks, examine slopes for stability,
and trim trees to reduce limb failures.
Prior to the rainy season, City staff is inspecting all City facilities to make sure that their
roofs are in good condition, gutters are clear of debris, and storm water flows remain
unobstructed. City crews regularly clear debris from all storm drains and catch basins
just prior to every rainy season. However, members of the community who witness
obstructions should immediately report them to the City for clearing by calling 310-253-6420.

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