What is El Niño?
El Niño is a phenomenon of the ocean atmosphere system in the tropical Pacific. It displaces a huge volume of warm water from the western Pacific, moving it to the eastern Pacific. This disruption has important consequences for weather and climate around the globe. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) have issued an "Advisory" alert for the 2015-2016 Winter season.
El Niño is not a single storm like a hurricane, tornado, or severe thunderstorm. Rather, we might see a series of storms over a period of days producing above normal rainfall totals. There is also the possibility of powerful, drenching rainstorms that can quickly create flooding, mud flows, and trouble on many fronts.
Protecting your family and your property is your best bet against an unpredictable heavy rainy season. Here are some ways to better position yourself against whatever challenges El Niño throws your way.
El Nino Preparedness Flyer
Flood Watch - Flooding is possible in your area.
Flood Warning - Flooding in your area is imminent or already occurring.
Flash Flood - A sudden, violent flood. Flash Floods often come as a wave, and with little to no warning.
Properly placed sandbags will redirect water, mud, and debris but they will not completely seal out water. Sandbags should be used for low-flow protection (up to two feet).
Where Can I Get Sandbags?
The City of Chino Hills has provided a limited supply of sand and bags for residents at the following Fire Stations: