Malibu's Mission, Weather the Storm, City Mobilizes Against El Niño's Menace with Sandbags, Inspections & Ecological Smarts

Malibu's Mission, Weather the Storm, City Mobilizes Against El Niño's Menace with Sandbags, Inspections & Ecological SmartsSource: City of Malibu
Jake Rodriguez
Published on November 29, 2023

Malibu braces for an intense El Niño season, and the city isn't taking the forecast lightly. With meteorologists at NOAA sounding the alarm for a greater than 95% likelihood of El Niño conditions blasting through this winter, city officials are proactively doling out advice to help locals hunker down, as per Malibu City's official press release.

In an effort to get ahead of Mother Nature, Malibu is practically urging its homeowners to start battening down the hatches. According to the city's checklist, homeowners should be ready to closely inspect their properties for any potential threats—from eroding slopes to clogged drains. There's a clear initiative here to ensure their seaside haven doesn't crumble under El Niño's torrential rains. "Inspect your roofs," the city warns, and don't hesitate to call in the experts if you've got a problem that's too big to handle. Angelenos know all too well what it means to be prepared, or not—2017's landslide on Pacific Coast Highway still looms large in the local memory.

Malibu's taking no chances with the public's safety by freely handing out sandbags at local fire stations. Single-use plastic is a no-go, though. Environmental consciousness is as much a part of the city as its famed piers.