How the Village Prepares for Rain
Some might prepare for rain events by bringing in the patio furniture cushions or rearranging their schedule to avoid driving in rain-induced traffic delays.
For Village Management Services staff, preparations for rain begin up to five days ahead of a predicted storm. A detailed Rain Event Action Plan includes specific actions for the various departments and divisions.
Security monitors carports and trash enclosures for trash, debris and other clutter to ensure that water can flow into the drain system with becoming clogged or blocked. The Landscape Division checks and clears landscape area drains and weep-hole outlets. Staff inspects and clears all catch basins, making repairs as necessary. Additionally, flood-wall gate tracks are inspected and preparations are made in case the flood gates at Calle Aragon and Avenida Majorca between the El Toro tunnel and Via Mariposa need to be utilized.
Pallets of sand bags are prepped and placed in key locations for easy access. Additional sand bags are made available to residents when requested. Inventory of any materials that might be required to tarp or otherwise secure slopes are reviewed and made accessible for fast access.
During the rain event, key VMS staff members patrol and monitor slopes and other parts of the Village that might be impacted. Security responds to resident calls regarding flooding or other rain-related issues.
This is just a sampling of the preparations that are made. While you watch the skies trying to decide if you need to carry an umbrella, you can rest assured that many highly trained VMS professionals are making detailed preparations to mitigate the effects of the rainstorm on the Village.
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