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Anticipated heavy rains pose variety of dangers

December 20, 2002

Ben Godar

With heavy rains in the forecast, the Glendale Fire Department is

warning residents to prepare for the possibility of floods and

mudslides.

Sandbags are available at all fire stations, with limits of 10 per

household. Fire officials warn not to rely on that supply, as high

demand could create shortages in certain areas. To be effective,

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sandbagging and other preparations must be done well in advance of

the actual storms.

While sandbags may redirect small amounts of water, officials

warned residents in canyon areas to keep rain gutters clear and know

how to shut off utilities. It's also important to keep a 72-hour

supply of food and water on hand as well as a flashlight.

Canyon dwellers also need to monitor weather conditions higher up

the mountains, as water and mudslides can strike even when there has

been no nearby rainfall.

For anyone who comes into contact with floodwaters, there are a

few important tips to remember. The most important step is to avoid

crossing flooded or flood-prone areas, such as catch basins. If

trapped by floodwater, seek the highest ground and stay with your

car, fire officials said.

For additional information, people can contact the Glendale Fire

Department at 548-4800.

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