Flooding is one of the more common natural hazards affecting cities. This is especially true in coastal areas in Southern California, such as San Diego or Long Beach, which have had a long history of flooding. Unlike earthquakes, there are no obvious warning signs that one can use to predict when a flood will occur, so it’s best to always be prepared in case of an emergency.
In Southern California, floods can occur in a variety of ways, from summer thunderstorms to the combination of large storm-driven waves and high tide. Regardless of the cause, one of the reasons why floods tend to linger is because city sewer lines and drains are filled with trash, debris, and other items that block the way. Unfortunately, this can lead to a variety of consequences.
Harmful Effects of Floods
Severe flooding is a significant safety hazard. Floods can easily erode paved roads, washout gardens, and even enter homes. In fact, a recent storm in California has caused an estimated $1 billion worth of flood damage.
Flooding may pose a variety of significant health risks as well. Stagnant pools of water can promote a spike in the mosquito population in certain areas, which may lead to the spread of disease. Stormwater runoff also tends to pick up a large number of toxins from trash and other debris, which may end up contaminating city water supplies.
As Benjamin Franklin has said, “an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.” In this case, city council members and state government officials have a variety of options to better prepare areas for floods. One such way would be to outfit areas with more advanced storm drains.
City officials may also want to try to purchase a few used street sweepers as well to address roadside litter that may build up and block drainage systems. This is often a cost-effective move as used street sweepers are more affordable than brand new machines. Additionally, these machines also help in keeping the city cleaner to hinder urban pest problems and the like.
Source Your Machines from Trusted Equipment Vendors
If you will be acquiring used street sweepers and/or vacuum trucks for sale, it’s best to source them from respected vendors like Haaker Equipment Company. This way, you can be sure that you will be receiving top quality equipment. Many of these vendors also offer rental equipment for those who only require minimal usage.
California Storm, Flood Damage Could Top $1 Billion, Governor’s Office Says, weather.com
Flooding in California, floodsafety.noaa.gov