El Niño: Let’s Get Ready!

November 19, 2015    Homeowner Tips, Safety

We have all heard the reports: El Niño is coming. Our dry landscape will get the much-needed rain it’s been missing for the last several years. But are you and your homeowner's association ready for it?

El Niño is a system that develops when ocean water warms and trade winds change direction. No two systems are the same, so some can be stronger or weaker than the previous one. El Niño affects the entire world; while rain is pelting one part, another could be seeing a drought.  No one is certain what causes an El Niño to happen or why is occurs regularly every three to seven years.

During December to February, Southern California could see 40% more rainfall, which could mean an increase in damage caused by flooding and mudslides. Because there has been very little rainfall over the last several years, a lot of rain in a short time can be disastrous. Because the ground is so dry, it cannot absorb the moisture fast enough and become too saturated to take on any more water.  

While readying our properties for El Niño, Crummack Huseby has been doing the following:

  • Inspecting all drains to make sure they are clean and clear, along with checking that grates are in place and working properly
  • Trimming all trees on the streets-capes (Parkways) in time for rain and the Santa Ana Winds
  • Maintenance teams are trimming plant material and removing mulch away from catch basins and grates to keep drains from clogging with debris
  • Irrigation Technicians are inspecting all the irrigation controller boxes to make sure they’re weather proofed to keep water out of expensive components
  • Landscapers have sandbags and straw wattle available, close to many of the properties
  • Crew Supervisors have access to emergency personnel that can be ready in less than an hour during a major disaster or minor flooding problems

Protecting your property is important to us. Utilizing our 16 years of experience, we’ve compiled the most helpful tips to keep your home and family safe.

By taking preventative steps now, you could protect your home from damage. Contact your Community Manager with any questions or concerns. Plus, discuss with the Board any solutions you may have to ready your property before the coming storms.  


‘Godzilla' El Niño: Unbelievable rain for California, dry winter for Midwest’ by  Rong-Gong Lin II and Christine Mai-Duc
Dry start to autumn in California, but near-record strength El Niño still on track to bring a wet winter by Daniel Swain
Ocean, Atmospheric Conditions Over Tropical Pacific Show Signs of Strong El Niño, WMO Says by Jon Erdman and Chris Dolce
Latest forecast suggests 'Godzilla El Niño' may be coming to California by Rong-Gong Lin II
Record Strong El Niño Ahead? By Jon Erdman
1997 vs. 2015: Animation Compares El Niños Side-by-Side by Andrea Thompson
El Niño Facts by Soft Schools 


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