With the media reports about the forecasted very wet El Niño winter, we have received a number of questions about potential flooding in Rossmoor and which areas are most likely to see flooding or “ponding” as Orange County Public Works refers to it.
We have some good news from the Orange County Public Works Department. We contacted the department and they report the following:
Our crews have just manually cleaned the 70 Catch Basins in the Rossmoor area for the second time this year to remove silt, leaves and trash with one cleaning to be scheduled at a later date. In addition our Vactor Truck Crew has cleaned all of the lateral lines from the Catch Basins to the channel.
During rain events we will have additional crews available to service any Catch Basins or roadways that may become obstructed. County of Orange Operations and Maintenance may be reached 24 hours a day at 714-955-0200 or during major storm events thru our Department Operations Center (D.O.C.) at 714-955-0333 or on line at StormCenter.DOC@ocpw.ocgov.com.
This is indeed good news for the streets and homes in Rossmoor.
Ponding is most likely to occur in Rossmoor near the drainage channels, especially when debris clogs or blocks the storm drains, and along Martha Ann Drive. Please report any blockage or ponding you see to OCPW at the numbers above.
Regardless of where you live, now is the time to prepare for a wet winter by cleaning out your rain gutters and downspouts around your home and fixing any leaks you may have in your roof.
Additional information on El Niño preparation is available here