ANAHEIM, Calif. (Dec. 14, 2015) – This winter, Anaheim is expecting something we haven’t seen much of lately – rain.
From December through spring, Anaheim could see heavy rainfall from El Niño, where warmer Pacific Ocean waters bring higher than normal precipitation to Southern California.
Anaheim last saw a major El Niño in the late 1990s, when nearly 20 inches of rain fell on the city from December to March, and almost a year’s worth in February 1998 alone.
The late 1990s rainfall was nearly double what Anaheim sees in an average year and an astronomical increase from the drought conditions we’ve seen in recent years.
Across California, the extreme weather of the last major El Niño brought overflowing flood channels, flooded streets and communities and, sadly, some deaths.
With winter just around the corner, the city of Anaheim is preparing for potential heavy rains. Now is the time for you and your family to start thinking about winter rains before major storms start passing through our area.
There are some basic, simple steps you can take to be rain ready, whether it is being weather alert by tracking forecasts or by having a plan for your home, family, vehicle and pets.
One of the best ways to start preparing is by getting to know your neighbors and sharing contact information and readiness plans.
In the next few weeks and months, look for more from the city of Anaheim on ways to prepare for and deal with heavy winter rains. For more, 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.
Ruth Ruiz, Public Information Officer, City of Anaheim
(714) 765-5060 office, (714) 420-7797 mobile