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San Diegans brace for next storm

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 20:28:01-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A storm set to hit San Diego Thursday night has neighbors getting prepared and bracing for impact.

In Chula Vista, the city's Public Works Facility saw dozens of residents Thursday picking up sandbags to fortify their homes.

The city offers up to 10 bags per household for free, all you have to do is show proof of residence.

RELATED: San Diego County, City of San Diego sandbag locations

"We had some leaks. We had water coming in through the concrete, making its way into our room," Alexis Robles was hopeful the sandbags loaded into his car trunk would keep that from happening again.

Laura Sanchez shared the same hope, "last time it rained, it flooded. We had to pull up carpeting and everything, so we're getting prepared to make sure it doesn't happen again tomorrow."

Sanchez suggests everyone in need in Chula Vista should take advantage, "come on down! Get your sandbags, you back up, they put them in your trunk for you and off you go!"

Up in Jamul, you can still see the scorched earth from the Valley Fire, creating concern of mudslides for neighbors.

Ryan Skidmore showed ABC 10News around his property, showing the preventative measures in place and how they work to divert water.

"Get fiber rolls, get check dams, get sandbags, that stuff will make a massive difference," Ryan Skidmore said.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect Thursday night through late Friday afternoon.

Robles has this advice for San Diegans, "just drive a little more slowly because the freeways kinda get a little crazy when it rains out here."

On Monday a van got stuck in standing water, resulting in a rescue. A reminder to "Turn Around Don't Drown."

The wet weather needed during a dry winter.