The rain, which is not expected to let up until Thursday, should be at its most intense at the most treacherous times to drive: during the evening and morning for the next few days, according to the National Weather Service.
Despite record accumulation, Alhambra Fire Department Battalion Chief John Cermak said, so far, the city has not seen serious problems. "We’ve been very fortunate," he said. "Just minor small branches and stuff." Other cities with which Alhambra has mutual aid agreements have also not called upon them to help out with problems such as mudslides, he said.
To prepare against further problems, Cermak said the most important move is for owners or managers of homes with basements or underground parking to check their sump pumps. "Clean them out because a lot of trash and debris will go down there and plug them," he advised. When this is not done, he said, water overflows into the city sewage system.
Cermak also said sand bags are available for free at the fire station. These should be placed in front of doors or basement windows to prevent water from coming in there. An additional precaution that Cermak recommends is to "trim trees or have them trimmed because when they’re overgrown they get overweighted by the water," he said.