Tag: Rain

SBA Disaster Assistance Available to California Private Nonprofit Organizations

Feb 16, 2017 12:21 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to certain private nonprofit organizations in California following President Trump’s federal disaster declaration for Public Assistance as a result of the severe winter storms, flooding and mudslides that occurred Jan. 3-12, 2017, announced the U.S. Small Business Administration. Private nonprofits that provide essential services of a governmental nature are eligible for assistance.

SBA disaster assistance is now available in Alameda, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Contra Costa, El Dorado, Humboldt, Inyo, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Merced, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo and Yuba counties.

SBA may lend private nonprofits up to $2 million to repair or replace damaged or destroyed real estate, machinery and equipment, … continue reading »

No Comments | Join the Conversation!

Time is now to reassess flood preparedness before next storm

Jan 13, 2017 3:46 pm

The calm is here before yet another storm is upon us. After heavy rain and snow ushered in 2017 earlier this week, the National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting that an additional significant storm is on the horizon for California beginning as early as Tuesday.

“We’re looking at another atmospheric river storm for Tuesday and Wednesday of next week,” said NWS Warning Coordination Meteorologist Michelle Mead. “We have dry/sunny weather from now, Friday, January 13, through Tuesday, January 17. This will be time for high running river and creeks to recede and for the ground to soak up some of the standing water that is around.”

Some areas received heavy precipitation throughout a seven-day observation period. Soda Springs recorded between 21-22 inches of precipitation, followed by … continue reading »

No Comments | Join the Conversation!

Don’t Be Iced Out When It Comes To Winter Storm Preparation

Dec 30, 2016 11:28 am

Weather forecasts indicate a wet initiation to 2017, a promising start for the new year considering the state is still in the midst of an ongoing historic drought. More precipitation is expected, and much needed. Rain and snow could impact travel in Northern and Southern California for New Year’s Eve on Saturday and possibly beyond.

Travel delays, slick roads, and chain controls are possible over the mountains, especially next week.

With arctic air likely to arrive in Northern California early next week, snow could drop to as low as 1000-2000 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Significant accumulations are likely above 4000 feet, and a hard freeze is likely next week as cold air remains in the wake of the system.

Southern California is also expected to have a wet weekend, with snow through the mountain … continue reading »

No Comments | Join the Conversation!

Flooding Means Much-Needed Rain But Also Potential Devastating Consequences

Dec 22, 2016 3:02 pm

Winter storms can often create havoc around the holidays, especially when traveling. But, as California’s historic drought extends into a sixth year, the state is in dire need of more rain and snow, and plenty of it.

Sometimes, though, an abundance of precipitation can initiate devastating consequences.

California is susceptible to flooding, and even more so now after destructive wildfires left many areas in Northern and Southern California with dramatic burn-scarred hills. Because it could take many years for vegetation to become reestablished, a substantial amount of rain over an extended period creates elevated risks for flash flooding and debris flows. Most of these burn areas will be prone to this activity for at least two years.

Thunderstorms that develop over the burned areas may begin to produce flash flooding and debris flows before a warning can be … continue reading »

No Comments | Join the Conversation!

This Month in Cal OES History: 1950 Flood

Nov 9, 2016 2:59 pm

Unseasonably warm temperatures this week are expected to rise into the mid-70s for parts of Northern California. Historically, winter tends to start inching its way into California around the holidays, with temperatures in the 60s and regular threats of precipitation.

Nearly 66 years ago, a devastating flood in Northern California caused more than $32 million in damage and was responsible for nine deaths, according to the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES). It was the region’s worst flood on record until 1997, when a series of subtropical storms in Northern California caused severe levee failures.

The floods of November and December of 1950 initiated when a series of meteorological events in the final days of October caused heavy rain across the northern end of the Sacramento Basin and extended as far south as the American … continue reading »

No Comments | Join the Conversation!

Weather Change Doesn’t Mean Fire Season is Over

Oct 12, 2016 9:09 am

Weather patterns are beginning to change across California, and that could be a positive indication that early storms are possibly arriving to fight against the state’s historic six-year drought. But, even with rainfall expected to start later this week, that doesn’t mean the fire season is over.

In fact, October is often busiest for fires.

Ripe conditions are still present throughout the state, especially in Southern California. There has been a 27-percent increase of fires this year over a five-year average, consisting of 6,441 fires burning more than 555,000 acres combined.

In 2003, more than 500,000 acres burned in October alone.

As for impending wet weather, a significant pattern change is expected late this week, as a series of wet weather systems move into Northern California, according to … continue reading »

No Comments | Join the Conversation!

Cal OES Activates State Operations Center to Support Local Jurisdictions Impacted by December Storm

Dec 11, 2014 8:30 am

– The California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has activated the State Operations Center (SOC) to support local cities and counties impacted by heavy rain, snow and high winds during the next few days across the entire state.

Weather officials say this is one of the strongest storms in years in terms of wind and rain intensity. Several parts of California could see more than six inches of rain and wind gusts above 60 mph.

Emergency managers have been proactively preparing for this powerful storm by monitoring its path, communicating with the National Weather Service, and asking residents to take simple steps to ready their businesses and homes for … continue reading »

No Comments | Join the Conversation!

Subscribe to Cal OES

Stay connected with the Cal OES Newsroom!