Sandbags, shelter and more for SoCal’s winter storm – NBC Los Angeles

A long-awaited storm in December sweeps across southern California on Tuesday in what some are calling the biggest of the winter season.

As mandatory evacuations are called in areas of burn scars and areas where mudslides are a problem, residents may be on the hunt for resources.

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Safe sandbags, here’s what you need to know.

How to prepare

If you plan to stay in a shelter after being forced to evacuate, the Red Cross recommends that you bring with you: prescription drugs, a change of clothes, pillows, blankets, hygiene products, other comfort items and important documents. If you have kids, don’t forget diapers, formula, and toys.

Authorities advise that if residents are asked to evacuate, do so quickly and do not return until authorities say it is safe.

The Red Cross also says it’s good to have your emergency kit handy. Don’t forget about specialty items for the elderly and pets. Make sure your family knows the emergency plan.

Plan your escape route in advance with alternatives. It also helps to back your vehicle into your driveway facing the direction of the leak, the Red Cross says.

Sand bags

Counties offering free sandbags or assistance:

Los Angeles County

The city of Monrovia had sandbag materials for residents on a first come, first served basis at the amusement park located in the East Olive Avenue parking lot near the Barney Glen skate park and baseball field.

Orange County

Riverside County


Santa Barbara County

Ventura County


Orange County

  • Bond Fire burn zone in Orange County, beginning at 11:01 am, effective until 12:30 pm. Affected areas: Silverado Canyon, Williams Canyon and Modjeska Canyon.

San Bernardino County

  • El Dorado burn scar near Yucaipa: Oak Glen, Forest Falls, Mountain Home Village, northeast of Yucaipa, east of Bryant Street and north of Date Ave, Hwy 38 from Bryant to Angelus Oaks
  • Evacuations were in place for the Lytle Creek area, with orders in place for residents just north of Lytle Creek due to the fire burn scar to the south.

Riverside County

  • Apple blight scar: communities north of Beaumont and Banning.
  • Highway 38 was closed to visitors via Forest Falls, open only to residents at the time.

Los Angeles County

Monrovia: Ridgeside Drive and Oakglade Drive

Road closures

Reports of rocks on Route 18 in San Bernardino County were reported at approximately 7:36 am. Rocks and debris were also reported on Route 2 at approximately 7:19 am.

At 11:01 a.m., boulders as big as basketballs slid onto the road near Crestline in San Bernardino, near cross streets Lake Gregory Road and Horst Drive. Just under 2 “of water accumulated in the area within six hours.

In Orange County, street flooding has also been observed in metropolitan areas. A Twitter user took a photo of a flooded intersection in Lake Forest where cars were reportedly failed.

The roads to Santiago Creek and Jackson Creek were also closed early Tuesday.

Part of Lake Hughes Road was closed due to mud spilling onto the roadway in Castaic.


Orange County

Bond Fire evacuees may proceed to the Lake Forest Sport Park located at 2800 Rancho Parkway, Lake Forest after 4:00 PM PST.

San Bernardino County

Redlands East Valley High School: 31000 E. Colton Ave., Redlands.

Jessie Turner Community Center: 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana.

Devore Animal Shelter: 19777 Shelter Way, San Bernardino

American Red Cross Assistance with Shelter: 310-650-1515.

For the Animal Evacuation Center, contact San Bernardino County Animal Care and Control at 800-472-5609.

Riverside County

Albert A. Chatigny Community Center for Seniors: 1310 Oak Valley Pkwy, Beaumont.

Downtown Los Angeles looked soggy Tuesday morning, as a much-anticipated December storm drenched SoCal. Winter temperatures are expected to combine with 1 to 3 “of precipitation. Belen De Leon has the forecast for Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

Flood warnings

  • Irvine
  • Tustin
  • Laguna beach
  • Newport Beach
  • Aliso Viejo
  • Lagoon Wood
  • San Joaquin Hills
  • Newport Coast
  • Laguna Hills, and
  • Crystal Cove State Park
  • El Dorado and Apple burn scar in Riverside and San Bernardino counties until 315 p.m. PST.


Much of SoCal was under flood watch during a storm in December 2021.

A flash flood warning has been issued for the Alisal burn scar area in Santa Barbara County.

SoCal’s record-breaking December storm, in photos

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