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Monsoon season officially starts June 15 – are you prepared?

Tempe helps residents prepare for monsoon season with safety tips and free sandbags

Post Date:06/14/2020 10:00 AM

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TEMPE, Ariz. (June 14, 2020) – Monsoon season officially begins tomorrow, June 15, and Tempe is helping its residents prepare. Time spent clearing rain gutters, trimming trees and lining up sandbags now can go a long way toward protecting property and keeping your family safe when summer storms hit. 

Starting tomorrow, Tempe will have sand and bags available at two locations for self-service:

Fill bags one-half to two-thirds full, allowing bags to lie flat and nestle together to create a tight sandbag wall. Over-filled bags are too firm and can create a leaky sandbag wall. Tying bags is not necessary. Don't forget to bring a shovel and a helper! 


Tips

Follow us on social media to get tips on monsoon safety during Monsoon Awareness Week, June 14-20.

  • Clear debris from roof gutters and downspouts
  • Trim trees, especially those close to the house, to help prevent breakage and uprooting
  • Pretreat pools with chlorine shock to help prevent algae growth
  • Keep storm drains and gutters clear of debris. City crews are checking and clearing storm drains to allow rainwater to drain as efficiently as possible; residents can help by clearing any debris from the gutters adjacent to their property
  • If you live in a flood-prone area, pack a three-day bag of supplies, including clothes and medications, in case you need to relocate quickly
  • Keep pets indoors when storms are predicted

Download our Monsoon Prep Checklist for more tips on what to do before, during and after a storm to keep your family and property safe and secure. Visit tempe.gov/monsoon or call 480-350-4311 for more information.  

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Media Contact: TaiAnna Yee
Public Information Officer, Transportation
taianna_yee@tempe.gov
480-350-8551 

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