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Work begins on clogged storm drains ahead of El Nino

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - City workers get to work at clearing storm drains at several locations Wednesday morning in San Ysidro and others areas.

They're being proactive before a potentially massive storm hits, blamed on El Nino. 

[RELATED STORY: San Diego City declares state of emergency in anticipation of El Nino]

Rain hit in different spots Wednesday morning, from residential streets in Poway to the 163 in Kearny. With El Nino expected to pound our region, city leaders jumped into action. 

The city has pinpointed about a dozen storm channels filled with sediment, trash and other debris that needs to be cleared right away. They include San Ysidro, Chollas Creek and Rancho Bernardo. 

Getting the proper permits usually takes months, but the city argued to state and federal agencies to start working now, instead of waiting for clogged storm drains to overflow, causing a nightmare for you at home. 

The city explains the one thing you can do at home to help keep storm drains clear. 

"Walk around your property take a look at everything you've got and see if there's anything that might wash away with a little bit of wind, pick it up and put a trash can lid on it. That is the biggest contribution you can make to protecting yourself against El Nino rains," said Bill Harris, City of San Diego.

This is the real deal, the California Conservation Corps is preparing for El Nino. They trained for flood prevention on Fiesta Island, stacking sand bag walls and stopping hillside erosion. 

You'll see the Conservation Corps in your neighborhood during heavy rainfall and areas with potential flooding. 

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