As most of us in the valley are still drying off after what was left of Hurricane Norbert last week; we need to start preparing for a visit from his sister Hurricane Odile. Although she won’t even be a tropical depression by the time she gets here, she’s still bringing a lot of rain and she’s planning on stopping by this Wednesday through Friday. Yes, we always welcome whatever rain we can get here in the desert southwest; however, all of it at one time proves to wreak havoc on our city. As we observed last week, our drainage systems can’t keep up, our landscape crumbles and floods and our streets turn into small lakes. Thankfully, our unwelcome guest has called ahead and provided us advanced notice of her pending arrival. In this next day or so it would be wise to prepare your home for more rain and possible flooding from our already saturated surroundings.
A few quick tips to prepare –
– Clean out roof drains of leaves and debris to prevent water accumulation.
– Make sure dry wells are clean and clear.
– Back up all the data on computer or servers in case they get wet.
– If possible, consider installing generators in case of a power failure.
– Create an emergency contact list.
– Repair your landscaping and make sure water will be able to drain away from the house. Low lying areas are most vulnerable. Try to load up on sandbags and place them in these targeted areas of your home. The Phoenix Fire Department has 10 stations around town that are providing free sandbags. See the list below for details.
Available at ONLY these Phoenix Fire stations:
Station 11: 2727 E. Roosevelt Street
Station 26: 3301 W. Rose Lane
Station 31: 5730 E. Thunderbird Road
Station 36: 21602 N. Ninth Avenue
Station 39: 2276 W. Southern Avenue
Station 40: 3838 N. 83rd Avenue
Station 43: 4110 E. Chandler Boulevard
Station 48: 5230 W. Happy Valley Road
Station 49: 3750 E. Dynamite Boulevard
Station 52: 21650 N. Tatum Boulevard
Station 57: 1708 W. Dobbins Road
Being prepared and proactive help us get through this next storm hopefully without too much trouble. However, should you experience any unfortunate flooding and damage AvenueWest Phoenix can help with short term housing while your home is being repaired. Should you need our assistance contact us directly or ask your insurance company to give us a call.
Do your best to stay safe and dry out there this week everyone! We’re in this together, let’s help one another and our community ride out this next storm!