Post Fire Storm Preparation
All Westlake Village residents are urged to prepare for potential flooding, mudslides, power outages and evacuations.
Map of burn area and potential flooding and mudslide hazards below.
During storm events, mud and debris flows are a very real and dangerous threat to the communities affected by the Woolsey fire. Due to an increased probability of mud and debris flows in these fire areas, it is important to plan and prepare. Prepare for lack of water, power and natural gas, non-functional traffic signals, and roads that may be impassable.
Mud and debris flows can have a devastating impact, including loss of life and home. Residents are urged to prepare for possible evacuations. Evacuation orders should not be taken lightly and are ordered because there is a threat to life and property. Evacuate early to reduce traffic congestion out of Westlake Village.
Please monitor storm conditions on local news radio, and if possible, the National Weather Service at https://www.weather.gov/lox. If heavy rain persists, do not wait for evacuation orders - leave early.
Residents can pick up free, empty sandbags behind the Westlake Village Library and at Fire Station #144 located at the corner of Foxfield Road and Lindero Canyon Road.
Stay away from flood control channels, catch basins, canyons and natural waterways, which are susceptible to flooding during periods of heavy rain.
Based on mud, debris, and other hazards, roads throughout the burn areas are subject to intermittent closures due to mud and debris flow. Use extreme caution as you drive through these areas. Watch for slippery road conditions and follow posted warnings and speed signs.
On the roads, be cautious of emergency, utility and work crews and vehicles. Approach all intersections with caution, traffic signals may be out due to storm-related power outages. Never drive into moving water. If you become isolated, seek the highest ground available and wait for help. If flooding traps you in your car, stay inside. If the water rises higher, wait on top of your car for assistance. Do not step into moving water around your car.
If you see someone who has been swept into moving water, do not enter the water and attempt a rescue. Call 911 for emergency rescue personnel and, if possible, throw them a flotation device.
Burn Debris Removal
Do not attempt to remove burn debris before this week's anticipated rain. Burn debris contains hazardous materials that can threaten public health. No debris removal from burned properties is allowed until inspections by state and county health officials have been completed and properties have been approved for debris removal. Burn debris must be properly inspected and disposed of.
Know how to shut off utilities. Beware of water around electricity, including downed power lines, generators, electric appliances, and your home electrical system. There may be intermittent power outages and associated street closures as power is restored throughout the impacted areas. For current power outages, visit SCE outage center page athttps://www.sce.com/outage-center.
As natural gas service is restored to areas that have been deemed safe, assessments and necessary repairs are underway. For safety reasons, customers should never attempt to restore natural gas service themselves. For questions about the service restoration process or about natural gas service, contact SoCalGas at 877-238-0092 or visithttps://www.socalgas.com/newsroom/fires.
Find out if you have flood insurance and what your existing policy covers. Call your insurance agent or contact the National Flood Insurance Program Call Center (NFIP) at 800-621-3362 for information about the NFIP or questions about an existing policy or visit the FEMA website at www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program.
City's Woolsey Fire Page
Visit the City's Woolsey Fire page to see additional resource documents regarding preparations and post fire activities.
LA County Storm Preparation Resource
Visit www.lacounty.gov/larain for storm season emergency resources, including LA County’s Homeowners Guide to Flood, Debris and Erosion Control.
Weather Forecast and Advisories
National Weather Service LA/Oxnard: https://www.weather.gov/lox.
Los Angeles County Fire Department - Twitter @LACoFDPIO
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department - Twitter @LASDHQ
Los Angeles County Public Works - Twitter @LACoPublicWorks
City of Westlake Village - Facebook - @CityofWestlakeVillage