The Avenida Del Rio route to Fashion Valley was closed after San Diego River overflowed from heavy rains earlier this month. Photo by Chris Stone

Preparing for the next El Nino storm activity, Councilman Scott Sherman‘s District 7 office has been making sandbags available to the public at Qualcomm Stadium, as well announcing phone numbers for people to report flooding and other hazardous conditions.

“Before the recent storm, the city declared a state of emergency and worked diligently to clear clogged storm drains and storm channels,” Sherman said. “Though some homes and property in the 7th District were damaged, things could have been a lot worse.”

Sherman said his office has teamed with Superior Ready Mix and the Urban Corps to fill 60 tons of sand into more than 5,000 sandbags to distribute to residents at Qualcomm Stadium at 9449 Friars Road.

Before it rains, local fire stations provide free sandbags with a limit of 10 per person.

Residents are reminded that they can sign up for Alert San Diego to receive emergency notifications by phone.

Flooding can be reported to the city’s emergency dispatch center at (619) 527-7500. Blocked storm drains can be reported by calling (619) 235-1000. Downed electrical lines or gas emergencies can be reported to San Diego Gas & Electric at (619) 527-7500.

For more information about storm preparedness, go to: www.sandiego.gov/el-nino/.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.