Potential Storm / Flooding Public Safety Announcement Hurricane Hilary

Published by The Bee News

August 18, 2023

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As part of our commitment to ensuring public safety, Lake Havasu City would like to inform the community about the potential severe weather conditions associated with Hurricane Hilary, which is forecasted to impact our region in the coming days.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for our area, indicating the potential for heavy rainfall and high winds. It is crucial that all residents and visitors remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect themselves, their families and property.

If your property is prone to flooding and you are in need of sandbags, Lake Havasu City Fire Department has sand and sandbags available at the following locations:

  • Fire Station 1: 96 Acoma Blvd South (Around North side of the station by the generator)
  • Fire Station 2: 2065 Kiowa Blvd North (West side parking lot area near chain link fence)
  • Fire Station 3: 3620 Buena Vista Ave (East side of the Station by the trash dumpster)
  • Fire Station 4: 3270 Paloverde Blvd South (East side of Station by trash dumpster)
  • Fire Station 5: 145 Lake Havasu Ave North(Southeast corner of the rear parking lot)

The Lake Havasu City Fire/Police Department would like to remind everyone of the following storm safety guidelines:

  • When in doubt, wait it out! If the weather report looks unsafe for outdoor / lake activities do not go. If you are caught in a dust storm or heavy rain ahead, it’s best to exit the roadway or main body of water and get to a safe area to wait for the storm to move through the area. Safe areas are as far off the roadway as possible or in protected coves or areas of the lake protected from wind and rough water.
  • Don’t risk crossing a flooded wash, even if it doesn’t look deep. Water is a powerful force that should not be underestimated. Even a few inches of running water poses a serious risk of sweeping pedestrians and or vehicles downstream. In addition, nonvisible washed-out roadways through a wash may be very deep and unseen from the surface.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CAR IF THE WATER IS MOVING!
  • Do not drive around “Road Closed” signs or barricades. You are risking your life and the life of any passengers in your vehicle if you decide to do this.
  • Stay away from down power lines and any standing water in the area of power lines. Lines in these areas may be or become energized at any time by automated systems.
  • Clean out roof drains or scuppers on your home to prevent accumulation of rain water on the roof.
  • Secure or bring in any outdoor patio furniture, trampolines or other objects that may become airborne.

During storm activity Lake Havasu emergency services may be inundated with 911 calls. Please only call 911 to report emergency situations during an active storm. Our 911 center will process life-threatening emergencies first and deploy resources to non- life-threatening incidents as resources are available.

The Lake Havasu City’s Emergency Manager is closely monitoring the situation and working in collaboration with local resources, Mohave County Emergency Management, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure a coordinated response. Our primary concern is the safety and well-being of the community.

We urge everyone to stay calm, stay informed and follow all safety instructions provided by our Fire and Police Department. For more emergency preparedness information go to emergencypreparednessguide.pdf (lhcaz.gov)

 

For further information, contact the on-duty Battalion Chief at (928) 486-3507 or Fire Administration, at (928) 855-1141.

 

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