The first wave of wet weather, due tonight, is expected to produce a quarter- to a half-inch of rain, and at least one other frontal system is expected to deliver about the same amount over the weekend and Monday.
"We're not expecting this to be the mother of all storms," Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said, adding that sandbags are typically offered for free throughout the rainy season.
Sandbags can be used to divert runoff that could otherwise flood homes, especially in foothill areas where normally dry creek beds can quickly turn into destructive torrents, he said.
Filling a loading sandbags will be up to residents, he said. Moving a
large number of sandbags can be tough work, and Humphrey suggested hiring a
contractor to handle any complex flood preparations.