The state’s first significant storm system of the fall season is set to arrive late this week and continue into the weekend. Widespread rainfall is most likely to begin over the Northern California and much of the Bay Area late Thursday and Friday. This will be followed by a weaker system of rainfall on Saturday into Sunday. Since our state has not seen significant rain in a long time, flooding possibilities are much higher. Here’s a few key things to remember to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
- Stay away from rising creeks, streams and rivers. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock an adult off his or her feet.
- Do not drive around a barricade. Barricades are there for your protection. Turn around and go the other way.
- Just one-inch of water in a 2,000 square foot home can result in over 20 thousand dollars in damages (source: www.FloodSmart.gov)
- During a storm event, tune into local radio and television stations for weather updates and warnings
- Follow evacuation orders and other instructions from local emergency officials.
- Flood Watch means it is possible that flooding will occur in a specified area. Be alert and prepared for a local emergency.
- Flood Warning means flooding is occurring or its imminent in a specified area. Move to safe ground immediately.
- Keep storm drains clear.
- Be aware of your surroundings and know your evacuation routes if you see water start to rise. If evacuating, plan where to meet your family or friends and who to contact.
- During threatening weather, listen to local radio or TV news channels or the National Weather Service weather radio for weather updates and watch and warning updates.
- If your property is prone to flooding, have sandbags, plastic sheering and other flood-fighting materials on hand and consider buying flood insurance.
- Have a family emergency plan and a home emergency kit.