San Diego Prepares for More El Nino Storms

Real Estate Agent with Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 CA BRE# 01261476

Last week we had the biggest storm I've ever seen in CA (including tornado warnings) in my 47 years living here as a native. Our neighborhood & home, for the first time in decades flooded! Our garage was under 3" of water and we were sand bagging our house. We were lucky as it didn't get any worse, but many neighbors' homes were ruined. Our Town Home driveway became a pond.


Emergency Preparedness Resources  For Next El Nino Storm

Recently, the San Diego region was pummeled with heavy rains, hail, and flash floods in the first round of El Nino storms. Weather experts in the region are predicting future storms that could lead to even more severe weather.

Before the recent storm, the city declared a state of emergency and worked diligently to clear clogged storm drains and storm channels. Though some homes and property in the district were damaged, things could have been a lot worse.

To further help, Metro/Mission Valley businesses, Superior Ready Mix, and the Urban Corps teamed up to fill 60 tons of sand into over 5,000 sandbags to distribute to residents at Qualcomm Stadium. You can go to most any Fire Dept. for up to 10 san bags per household too, anywhere in the county.

In addition:

Before it Rains 

  • Report blocked storm drains by calling 619-235-1000 or submit an online report here
  • Sign up for Alert San Diego here to receive emergency notifications on your phone 
  • Visit your local fire station for free sandbags. The limit is 10 bags per person. Sand is not provided.  


When it Rains 

  • Report flooding to the City's emergency dispatch center at 619-527-7500
  • Leave early if you're property is in a flood zone.
  • Report downed electrical lines or gas emergencies to SDG&E at 619-527-7500

For more information for storm preparedness please visit


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Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
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Ed Lee, the mayor of SF City stated that we are over prepared. El Nino?

All reservoirs in South SF Bay are bone dry. 0.25" of ppt is considered a wet weather?

I am collecting rain from roof for later use by diverting to garbage cans.

Jan 16, 2016 12:45 AM #1
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Hello, Thomas! I sincerely hope you and your family is safe. Thanks for sharing these tips and list of emergency contact information.

Jan 16, 2016 12:46 AM #2
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

We received 6 inches of rain in 24 hours.

Jan 16, 2016 12:57 AM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Sorry to hear about the mess, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor  Sounds like you were hit harder than we were here in North County. But there is more to come

Sharing tips and emergency info is a terrific thing to do - I included some information in a recent farming postcard I did

Hopefully while we get more badly needed rain it won't be devastating!


Jan 18, 2016 12:38 PM #4
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