Water Main Break – Traffic Detour – Flushing Your Lines

Cal Am just announced that the water main break off of Surf Way has been fixed and they are re-pressurizing the lines now. The traffic detour entering our neighborhood should be lifted shortly.

Following a water main break, it is recommended you flush the cold water lines you use in your home or business. It is recommended you flush your taps as a precaution because of an increase in the number of water main breaks in our aging infrastructure. It will cost you just pennies per faucet to take this important step.

It is also suggested to run all cold water taps for five minutes. If you have a single-lever faucet, set it to run the cold water. Begin with the highest faucet in your home or business and then open the other faucets one at a time, moving from your highest floor to your lowest.

After five minutes, turn off your faucets in reverse order, from lowest to highest. You should also flush your refrigerator’s water lines.

Flushing your water lines lowers the risk of potential contamination that is created whenever a water main is depressurized because of a break. This is particularly important for people who have special health concerns because their immunity is compromised.

Our Neighborhoods and El Nino

Hope you’re all having a great weekend.

The most recent power outage taught us a lot about preparing for emergencies. Many of our neighbors were unable to boil water, get their car out of their garage or simply power their cell phones. Some did not even have batteries for their flashlights. Whether you have medication that needs to stay refrigerated or family members that need to be communicated with, you should be prepared for the next outage.

This winter is projected to have one of the harshest El Nino’s in years. We are certain to have downed trees, power lines and flooding. There are many simple steps you can take to be prepared. Attached is a great resource for homeowner’s flood prevention and response. Here is a link to 28 things to do to prepare for El Niño rains this season:

http://www.latimes.com/home/la-hm-el-nino-20151017-story.html

In the event that cell towers go down and standard communication is lost your Community Emergency Response Team will man the emergency response containers in your neighborhood. For Del Monte Beach our container is at the Tot Lot on Spray Avenue. We have radios that communicate with the city fire, police and rescue departments. If you or a neighbor has an emergency and the phones are out please visit your emergency response container and we will help. We are also stocked with medical and emergency supplies. We urge you to have your own supplies as well.

Please reach out with any questions or comments. The time to prepare is now.

Power outage leaves 55,000 in dark

A power outage left more than 55,000 people in Monterey, Seaside and Pacific Grove in the dark on Sunday.

The cause of the outage is under investigation.

Utility crews are working to get electrical service restored, but it’s not known how long repairs will take.

http://m.ksbw.com/news/power-outage-leaves-55000-in-dark/35908684

Here are some tips from the CDC about what to do during a power outage:

http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/poweroutage/needtoknow.asp

HIGHLIGHTS
*To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, use generators, pressure washers, grills, and similar items outdoors only.
*If the power is out longer than two hours, throw away food that has a temperature higher than 40°F.
*Check with local authorities to be sure your water is safe.
*In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
*In cold weather, wear layers of clothing, which help to keep in body heat.
*Avoid downed power lines, if a power line falls on a car, you should stay inside the vehicle.

Tassajara Fire Victims Need Your Help

The 1,200-acre Tassajara fire is reportedly only 10 percent contained (Sunday, Sep 20 at 10 a.m.). Authorities have announced a mandatory evacuation for the Parrot Ranch area. Cal Fire says at least 300 homes are in danger and six have been destroyed and one person has already died.

If you have needs, can donate resources (skills, supplies), let us know by signing up on Recovers.org (https://recovers.org/communities) site in the area (Monterey, Seaside, Pacific grove, CSUMB, Marina)

http://www.montereycountyweekly.com/blogs/news_blog/jamesburg-area-homes-evacuated-as-tassajara-fire-burns/article_c2b00b14-5f63-11e5-bf94-171afb91e1a4.html

Monterey County Health Officials Issue Air Health Alert

Monterey County health officials have issued an air health alert because of wildfire smoke.

The alert was issued Sunday afternoon and posted on the county health department’s website.

Health officials said because of projected winds the county may be impacted by smoke for several days.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Monterey-County-Health-Officials-Issue-Air-Health-Alert-328443901.html

Massive Anchovie Die Off At Beach

Hi Neighbors.

For an unknown reason, a large number of anchovies has come into the harbor. This is most likely due to the above average water temperatures off the California coast which is great for anchovies.This creates a risk of a die-off due to reduced oxygen levels in the water though. The city has aerators working that should help prevent that, but it is very possible that tomorrow we could be faced with a large number of floating dead fish (if the aerators weren’t adequate). In the past the city has found people to help with the cleanup. If anyone is interested in volunteering in the event we are faced with this issue please message me and I will get your name on a list of people that can be notified.

Here’s a news clip of this same issue from past years:

http://enenews.com/millions-of-fish-found-dead-on-california-coast-3rd-major-kill-event-for-area-in-2-weeks-unidentified-goo-floating-nearby-police-remove-people-from-beach-and-call-health-officials-to-inv

Monterey Police Department on Nextdoor

Hi Neighbors,

I was recently informed that the Monterey Police Department has shown interest in using Nextdoor to provide alerts, news, and other notifications in our area. Monterey Police Department staff will only be able to see replies to their own posts, and they will NOT be able to view any other content in Nextdoor DMBN.

We have been working with the Monterey Police Department and the NPS Police to help curb issues in our neighborhood, increase patrols and crime awareness. If you need to contact Monterey PD dispatch call: 831-646-3830. For emergencies dial 911. For more information about the NPS police follow this link: http://www.nps.edu/Adminsrv/police/