Friday , April 19 2024

Residents Prepare For Winter Storm

For John Piper, his day off means prep time.

"We have a drain that’s clogged up, trying to fix it, and we weren’t prepared so get sand bags and put them across the garage door," Piper said.

But for his son joseph, it means playtime.

"Playing in the sand," Joseph said.

Whether playing in it or bagging it up, Fresno County Road Maintenance Supervisor Jerry Libecki said each time a storm heads our way, the sand becomes a hot commodity.

"Some homes are in areas that are low-lying and flooding is eminent. So they’re able to come get sand bags to help protect their homes," Libecki said.

The county offers the sand bags free to residents. Piper said it’s the first time he’s taking advantage of it, and it may not be his last.

"It’s extremely cool because usually I’m out there trying to keep the water, sweeping it, so if i get the sand bags, it ill keep it away for now," Piper said.

But flooding won’t be the only concern this weekend.

"Probably about 600 customers a day could experience outages today and tomorrow," PG&E Spokesperson Denny Boyles said.

Boyles said they are forecasting the storm to cause some outages in the Fresno area, mostly due to the wind bringing down power lines. He said if that happens, customers should be prepared.

"Keep your cell phone charged, have batteries and flashlights handy. We always encourage people to use flashlights instead of candles just for safety," Boyles said.

There are several sandbag locations in Fresno County. They are all open 24 hours and free to Fresno County residents.

PG&E said if you experience an outage, you can report it at 1-800-743-5002.

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