Flash Flood Watch and Storm Advisory Information for January 6-8, 2017
The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD WATCH for our region, running from Saturday, January 7 through Sunday, January 8. A very wet weather pattern will develop this weekend. Rain will start Saturday and become heavy Saturday night through Sunday night. Heavy rain on already saturated soils will likely lead to flash flooding of area streams and rivers.
For current storm information, and to view these weather advisories, please click here.
From the National Weather Service, Bay Area:
...FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING...
THE FLASH FLOOD WATCH CONTINUES FOR
* A PORTION OF WESTERN CALIFORNIA...INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING
AREAS...NORTH BAY INTERIOR VALLEYS AND NORTH BAY MOUNTAINS.
* FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING
* HEAVY RAIN WILL FALL SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY EVENING
* STREAMS AND RIVERS IN THE NORTH BAY WILL LIKELY SEE RAPID
RISES AND EXCEED BANKFULL THIS WEEKEND.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD
TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION.
YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION
SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
Please make sure you are prepared by checking your property for areas where flooding could occur due to clogged drains or gutters. Make sure you have enough food, water and batteries. If you have time, please check on your neighbors who are elderly or housebound before, during and after the storm. During the storm, our Town staff could be extremely busy moving from location to location throughout town and may not be able to respond to you right away.
How you can help:
If you see a storm drain on your street that is filled with leaves or debris, and you don't see our Public Works crews in your area, go ahead remove the leaves - this may just help divert a water flow and avoid flooding onto your property or a neighbor's property.
Fill your sand bags now! Please do not wait for the storm to arrive
If you see a downed power line, contact PG&E at 800-743-5000 or non-emergency dispatch at 415-927-5150. If you see a downed tree, contact the Department of Public Works at 415-927-5057 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours at 415-927-5150. See below for additional information and resources.
The Town of Corte Madera strongly encourages businesses and residents to prepare for winter storms. Please read below for information and resources available to help you prepare for the many issues winter storms may present.
FLOODING If your home or business is in a low-lying area with a history of flooding, please take the time now to prepare for the possibility of flooding:
Sand bag filling stations are available behind Fire Station 14 (342 Tamalpais Blvd.) and on Paradise Drive in the parking lot adjacent to the San Clemente Park / Cove School fields. All supplies are provided. Note: Sand bags are useful in preventing flooding but may not be 100% watertight. Properly filled and placed sandbags are meant to act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of through, buildings. Click here to see suggestions on how to effectively fill and stack sandbags.
If a blocked catch basin or stormdrain is causing flooding contact the Department of Public Works at 415-927-5057 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours 415-927-5150. If the blocked storm drain is causing an immediate danger, call 911 from any land or mobile phone.
Please do not leave piles of leaves in the roadway. Please rake them up and place them in your green bin for disposal. Leaves left in the street will block storm drains and may lead to flooding.
For more information on high tides, click here. For more current local weather, click here.
Have flashlights and battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages. Tune in to KQED 88.5 FM, KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 AM.
Fire Officials recommend that residents do not use candles because of the risk of fire. Use battery-powered light sources.
If the tree is within the Town limits of Corte Madera and is on Town property, or if the tree is blocking a public right of way or roadway contact the Department of Public Works at 415-927-5057 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours at 415-927-5150.
If the tree is on private property or has fallen onto private property contact the property owner.
If the tree is touching electrical wires contact PG&E at 800-743-500 or non-emergency dispatch at 415-927-5150.
If the tree or limb is causing an immediate danger, call 911 from any land or mobile phone.
DRIVE WITH CAUTION
When driving in the rain, use extra caution and always have your headlights on. Remember, if you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights.
Please obey the speed limits and follow other traffic at a safe distance.
Do not drive through standing water. Only 6 inches of water can be enough to stall your car and cause irreparable damage to the engine.
Please anticipate road closures and traffic back-ups due to flooding, downed trees or landslides.
Emergency officials use the Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) to deliver incident-specific information or potentially life-saving instruction to the precise geographic area(s) affected. Sign up for TENS emergency alerts: http://www.alertmarin.org/
WHEN TO CALL 911 In an emergency, call 911 immediately from any wired or wireless phone. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance such as a fire, a car crash (especially if someone is injured), or a medical emergency where a person is requiring immediate medical attention.
If you hear the Town Emergency Siren, do not call 911. Instead, tune in to 1330 AM, which is operated by the Town of Corte Madera, and carries messages of evacuation instructions updated on as-needed basis during emergency situations. Or tune in to KQED 88.5 FM, KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 AM or local TV stations for further information. You can also check the Town of Corte Madera's website and the other sites listed above for information.
Finally, you can click here to track the storm via radar.