Thursday, January 21, 2010

Pasadena storm updates

Pasadena Fire Department, Public Works Department, Police Department, and Pasadena Water and Power are standing by with personnel and equipment to respond to any flooding or mudslides that may occur in Pasadena, although currently there is no immediate threat of major incidents within the city limits.

As a precautionary measure, Pasadena crews are monitoring the Florecita neighborhood in the far northwest area of Pasadena – the neighborhood nearest to the Station Fire burn area.

Sand and sandbags are available for Pasadena residents at two locations: Fire Station #37, 3430 E. Foothill Blvd., and Fire Station # 38, 1150 Linda Vista Ave.

Residents in hillside neighborhoods, especially those nearest the Station Fire burn area, are encouraged to take every precaution.

The Pasadena Fire Department is issuing the following safety tips for heavy rains:

* Clear debris and overgrowth from drainage channels and rain gutters.

* Keep adequate fuel in your car; power outages might shut down gas pumps.

* Don’t use any food, even canned, that has come in contact with rainwater.

* Stay away from storm drain channels and other bodies of water.

* Keep your disaster kit updated with flashlight, extra batteries, portable battery-operated radio, first aid kit and manual, emergency food and water for your family and pets, non-electric can opener, essential medications, sturdy shoes, and comfort items for children.

* Visit for more emergency preparation information. The “Storms” section is being updated as necessary.

* Allow extra time and caution for travel on wet roads.

* For the latest weather updates, visit, or watch or listen to Los Angeles-area television and radio news.

Residents who have non-emergency issues related to the storm may call the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241; or, during regular business hours, the Pasadena Fire Department at (626) 744-4675. In case of emergency call 9-1-1.

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