ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 6, 2016) – A series of El Niño storms is bringing bursts of heavy rainfall and upping the chance you’ll encounter water buildup on streets and other areas. The city of Anaheim reminds residents to avoid flooded areas by remembering the phrase, “turn around, don’t drown.”
The city of Anaheim continues to clean storm drains and service pump stations that help clear water from roadways. But water buildup is inevitable with El Niño storms, which tend to drop concentrated amounts of rain over a short amount of time.
As you drive in heavy rain, stay to the middle lanes and away from curbs where water accumulates. If you come upon flooded streets or intersections, avoid them – turn around, don’t drown. There is always another, safer way to get where you’re going.
Some flooding facts:
- Six inches of moving water can sweep you off your feet.
- 12 inches can carry off a small vehicle.
- 18 to 24 inches can carry off a large vehicle.
- More than half of yearly flood-related deaths in the U.S. occur in vehicles.
For more on El Niño, including an on the road safety checklist, visit Anaheim.net/BeRainReady. For timely updates about road issues and other emergency information, sign up for Anaheim Alert, a text and email notification system. To register, visit anaheimalert.net.
For more information on the City of Anaheim, please visit Anaheim.net.
ABOUT ANAHEIM -The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation’s premier municipalities and is one of California’s most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 351,000 residents and more than 2,900 City employees. The municipal corporation’s annual budget is $1.7 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as: Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc.; L-3 Communications; Pacific Sunwear; and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including: Angels Baseball; Anaheim Ducks; the U.S. Men’s National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with: The Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast; Honda Center; City National Grove of Anaheim; Anaheim GardenWalk; Angel Stadium of Anaheim; and ARTIC (Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center). In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes more than 25 million visitors to the City, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.