El Nino winter storms are predicted to dump up to five inches of rain in and around Perris this week and the City’s Public Works Department is stepping up to help residents mitigate potential flooding risks.
Free sand and sandbags are available around-the-clock at Paragon and Rotary parks, said Assistant Public Works Director Daryl Hartwill.
“We’re monitoring the situation and we’re asking residents to do the same,” Hartwill said. “We’re waiting to see where the rains will fall and we will respond appropriately.”
Hartwill said the City has removed debris from storm drains and flood channels. Sand bags can be used to divert rainwater away from residential and commercial properties. He said residents should take as many sandbags as necessary to protect their property. Paragon Park is located at 264 Spectacular Bid Street and Rotary Park is located at 1491 S A Street.
Should localized street flooding occur, public works crews will place road-closure signs warning the public to find alternative traffic routes. Hartwill encouraged Perris residents to monitor radio, television and social-media advisories about potential storm-related hazards.