Storm Updates

Find Your Zone. PVPready.gov

This webpage was created to provide Community Updates, important links, and other preparedness resources in response to the storm that occurred from February 1-7, 2024. While this storm has ended, this webpage will be utilized by the City during future major rain events.

Please take a minute to make sure you and your family are registered for emergency alerts from Alert SouthBay. Sign up by texting ALERTRPV to 888-777 or going to AlertSouthBay.com.


Current Road Closures

This page will be updated during major rain events with the latest information on storm-related road closures.

The Latest Community Update

Wednesday, February 7, 9 PM

Flash Flood Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning through Thursday, February 8 at 3 a.m. PST that covers the Palos Verdes Peninsula. 

Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown! 

Visit PVPready.gov to find your zone.

2:45 PM

Sandbags update: A limited amount of sandbags are back in stock at RPV City Hall on a first-come, first served basis.

Unfilled sandbags are located at the City Hall info desk and are available to RPV residents during regular business hours (7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday). There is a limit of 10 sandbags per household with valid ID or proof of residency. Fill sand is located at City Hall in a designated area for residents to use. Please bring your shovels and tools as they are not provided. If you need additional bags, they can be purchased at local hardware stores. For sandbag placement tips, please visit: ow.ly/yh0O50H9HuC

9:30AM

Los Angeles County Assessor's Office Misfortune and Calamity Tax Relief program

Storm Damage Relief for Property Owners Now Available

In the aftermath of recent storms, the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office is providing critical financial relief to property owners who have experienced damage due to natural disasters through the Misfortune and Calamity Tax Relief program. This initiative aims to mitigate the financial impact on affected homeowners by offering a reassessment of their property's value, reflecting the damage incurred and potentially lowering their tax obligations.

To be eligible for this relief, property owners must submit an Application for Reassessment: Property Damaged or Destroyed by Misfortune or Calamity (Form ADS-820) (PDF) within 12 months of the damage occurrence. The program stipulates that the property loss must amount to more than $10,000 in current market value to qualify.

Key Aspects of the Relief Program

  • Filing Requirements:  Eligibility hinges on filing the reassessment application within the 12-month window following the damage, ensuring that losses meet the minimum financial threshold.
  • Tax Bill Adjustment: Qualifying properties will see a reduction in tax liability for the portion of the property that was damaged or destroyed, effective from the damage date and maintained until the property is repaired or rebuilt.
  • Reconstruction Considerations: Rebuilding efforts that closely resemble the original structure will not result in an increased property tax rate, maintaining the pre-disaster tax base value. However, any enhancements or expansions will be assessed at their full market value.

For detailed information on how to apply for the Misfortune and Calamity Tax Relief, visit the Los Angeles County Assessor's website at: assessor.lacounty.gov/disaster-relief


Media Inquiries

We value our local and regional media partners, but please understand that our City staff and City leadership are very busy at this time. If you have a media inquiry related to storms in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, please contact the City's communications partner, Tripepi Smith, with your questions at RPVMedia@TripepiSmith.com. They will also add you to our media list so you receive our listserv updates, press releases and media advisories.


Click/tap the dates below to see previous Community Updates.

Flash Flood Warning 2-4-24The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Warning through Monday, February 5 at 12 a.m. PST that covers the Peninsula. 

  • Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn around, don’t drown! Stay safe indoors when possible.
  • Avoid non-essential travel.
  • Know Your Zone in case of an evacuation or Shelter in Place warning or order. Visit PVPready.gov to find your zone.




Helpful Resources

Now is the time to make the necessary arrangements to stay safe! Here's what you need to know to be prepared:

Stay Updated

Prepare for Wild Weather

  • Expect heavy rainfall: Potential for flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas. Drive safely and avoid driving on flooded roads.
  • High winds: Secure your outdoor spaces. Move furniture, umbrellas, and other light-weight items to indoor or secured areas to ensure they don’t fly away. Be cautious of falling debris or trees.
  • Possible power outages: Ensure you have emergency supplies, including flashlights, batteries, and non-perishable food. Charge electronic devices. To view the status of current outages, visit sce.com/outage. Power lines may be down. Always consider those lines energized. Stay away and call 9-1-1.
  • Report clogged or overflowing storm drains, flooding, debris, downed trees and branches to City Hall at publicworks@rpvca.gov, 310-544-5252 or by using the MyRPV app. For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.

Know What to Do In Case of Evacuation

For further guidance and resources, please go to Ready LA County's Rain webpage.

Evacuation WARNING vs. Evacuation ORDER - What’s the difference?

Evacuation Warning: If you receive an evacuation warning, this means you need to start preparing to leave. If you have animals, children, or need additional time evacuating, this is the time to leave.

Evacuation Order: If you receive an evacuation order, this means you need to leave immediately. Emergency responders have determined there is an imminent life safety risk and you need to evacuate.

Always remember, you don’t have to wait to evacuate. If you feel unsafe, LEAVE.

What does “shelter in place” mean?

Shelter in Place: If authorities tell you to shelter in place, it means you need to go indoors. Shut and lock doors and windows. Prepare to self-sustain until further notice and/or contacted by emergency personnel for additional direction.

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