Another major winter storm is expected to arrive today through the weekend. The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch beginning 1:00 p.m. Thursday 3/9 through 10:00 a.m. Sunday 3/12.
Prolonged periods of moderate to heavy precipitation will lead to rapid rises of area rivers, streams, and creeks. This system will result in an increased risk of shallow mudslides and debris flow over wildfire burn areas as soil moisture nears saturation. Localized ponding of water in low-lying or poorly drained areas as well as localized flooding is possible due to blocked culverts, drainages and storm drains. High winds will likely bring power outages.
- Secure outdoor objects that could be blown over by the wind (patio furniture, sports equipment, trash cans, etc.)
- Dispose of leaves and other yard debris in green bin to clear a path for water to move through gutters and storm drains
- Set up sandbags in flood prone areas – sandbag stations are available at the Blackie’s Pasture overflow lot and the Marsh Road parking lot near the tennis courts. Learn how to sandbag.
- Make sure your emergency kit is up to date and prepare for power outages now. Have a flashlight, radio, and spare batteries handy.
- Sign up for Alert Marin to receive emergency updates. Bookmark emergency.marincounty.org to stay up to date on the latest weather updates.
- Avoid unnecessary travel. Roads will be slippery, and flooding may prevent you from returning home.
- Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a downed line is live, and call 911. Be wary of downed trees or branches; they may be hiding a downed power line.
- If you must drive, use extra caution. Slow down, leave extra space, and take extra time.
- Do not walk or drive around barricades or through standing water. If it’s an emergency, allow emergency responders to come to you.