February 28, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

West Hollywood Offers Free Sandbags Amidst Southern California’s Heavy Rain Forecast

Residents Urged to Prepare: Schedule Appointments for Up to 10 Sandbags

By Dolores Quintana

The City of West Hollywood is taking proactive measures by offering free sand-filled sandbags to residents and businesses in anticipation of the heavy rains sweeping across Southern California. As a valuable resource, these sandbags play a crucial role in diverting water flow away from structures, helping minimize potential damages.

Residents and businesses in West Hollywood can avail themselves of up to 10 free sandbags on a first-come, first-served basis. To secure sandbags, individuals must schedule an appointment for pick-up at the City of West Hollywood’s Operations Center, located at 7317 Romaine Street. Appointments can be made by calling (323) 848-6591 or emailing phertz@weho.org. Pick-up times are available on Thursday or Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the Deaf or hard of hearing, TTY services can be accessed by calling (323) 848-6496.

It’s important to note that weekend pick-ups are not currently scheduled, and the availability of sandbags is contingent upon supplies. If weather conditions necessitate, sandbag distribution may extend into early next week.

To stay prepared during heavy rains and cold temperatures, residents are encouraged to:

Keep emergency supplies readily accessible.
Clear drains and rain gutters to prevent blockages.
Familiarize themselves with utility shut-off procedures.
Stay informed through weather forecasts.
Subscribe to Alert LA County emergency notifications and Nixle public safety alerts.
Driving safety is paramount during adverse weather conditions, and the City of West Hollywood offers the following tips:

Slow down and adjust driving speed.
Turn on headlights for visibility.
Utilize windshield wipers.
Maintain a safe following distance.
Avoid heavy braking.
Be cautious of standing water.
Ease off the accelerator during hydroplaning.
Ensure proper car ventilation.

Residents can report storm-related issues in the City of West Hollywood by calling (323) 848-6375. For structural damage or potential hillside slope movement, contact the City’s Building and Safety Division at (323) 848-6320. Gas leaks or damage to the Southern California Gas Company can be reported at (800) 427-2200. Power outages should be reported to Southern California Edison at (800) 611-1911, while emergencies such as downed power lines should be reported to 911.

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