Storm Preparation

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Free sandbags offered at the Fire Department. Click here for directions or call 619-825-3835 for more information. For more information on Heartland Fire & Rescue "El Niño Ready" click here.


What is El Niño?


El Niño conditions are characterized by unusually warm ocean temperatures in the Equatorial Pacific. Weather experts have been closely monitoring the increasingly warm temperatures since early 2015, giving them strong confidence to predict a strong El Niño.

El Niño conditions do not “cause” individual storms but rather influence their frequency and characteristics. This El Niño event is forecast to rival previous strong El Niño events, such as 1982/83 and 1997/98.


Real-Time Rainfall- See what the weather is right now in Lemon Grove. 

View the National Weather Service 2015 – 2016 El Nino Forecast Report


What is the City Doing?

As the rainy season draws closer, the Public Works Department is preparing for the worst by cleaning drainage ditches & catch basins, and clearing over growth & debris from the City streets.  City crews are trying to do as much as possible to prepare for the impending rain but we need your help.  As a resident or business in Lemon Grove please take a few moments to keep our City safe this winter by helping to perform these actions:


  1. Keep the storm drain and curb and gutter clear of leaves, trash, dirt and debris. 
  2. Prepare in advance and have sandbags ready and in place before the heavy rain.  Sandbags and sand are available at the Fire Department (7853 Central Avenue). 
  3. Become familiar with how to shut off your electricity at the panel and gas service at the meter. 
  4. Keep all insurance documents and valuables safe and accessible.

 If you have any questions about preparation please call the Public Works Department at 619-825-3810.