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Are You Prepared For The Weekend Storm?

Owen Fountain and his mother, Jennifer Duran, fill sand bags in Yuba City on Jan. 7, 2017. They worry their rental property in Marysville may suffer flood damage if the area receives more rain.

Weather forecasters and local officials are warning residents to prepare for a weekend storm that’s expected to dump heavy rain and snow over the region and cause flooding, power outages and roadway issues such as landslides.

The atmospheric river will hit California Saturday morning and continue through Monday. Water levels at rivers, streams and creeks are expected to rise. Snow levels, which will be at 1,000 to 3,000 feet Saturday will rise to above 8,000 feet by the evening. Wind gusts are expected to go up to 45 miles per hour in the valley and up to 60 miles per hour in the mountains. 

In Yuba County, some Marysville home and business owners received voluntary evacuation notices on Thursday. The County Emergency Services Manager told YubaNet that the Yuba River is expected to rise to 83 feet by early Monday morning.

There is concern for flooding in the Sacramento region, as well. National Weather Service officials say the area at greatest risk for flooding is the Cosumnes River near the Michigan Bar and Elk Grove.

The Sierra region is also bracing for possible floods. The atmospheric river system arriving on Saturday comes with warmer temperatures. It will bring snow to higher elevations and heavy rain to other areas.

Officials are also concerned about possible flooding in areas around Yosemite National Park. Rain comes off the granite cliff along Yosemite’s Valley Floor and into the Merced River, which can swell with the runoff. Closures have been announced for the park

Emergency officials with Washoe County, Reno and Sparks, Nevada met to plan for potential flooding in the region. 

The California Office of Emergency Services says the following steps should be taken to prepare for any storm:

  • Prepare an emergency kit with a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, warm clothing, first aid kit and other items you might need for several days.

  • Clean leaves and debris from gutters

  • Monitor local news and weather stations for updates.

  • Pay attention to alerts and warnings from authorities.

  • If you don’t have to go out, stay home and avoid slick and dangerous roadways.

  • Use extreme caution around downed trees and slow down for debris in the street.

  • Treat all non-working traffic signal lights at intersections as stop signs.

  • Avoid all downed power lines and objects touching them.

  • Keep pets inside and ensure they have shelter from the elements.

  • Have an emergency plan in case you have to evacuate from your home.

Sandbag Pick-Up Locations And Other City, County Information: 


City of Sacramento

  • The North Area Corporation Yard, located at 918 Del Paso Road.

  • South Area Corporate Yard, located at 5730 24th Street.

Sacramento County

  • County Branch Center: 3847 Branch Center Road, Sacramento

  • Jean Harvie Senior Citizen and Community Center: 14273 River Road, Walnut Grove

  • Folsom City Hall (behind Folsom Senior Center/Gallery): 48 Natoma Street, Folsom

  • Folsom Fire Station 36: 9700 Oak Avenue Parkway, Folsom

  • Jose P. Rizal Community Center: 7320 Florin Mall Drive, Sacramento

  • Orangevale Community Center: 6826 Hazel Avenue, Orangevale

  • Point Pleasant United Methodist Church: 3329 Point Pleasure Road, Elk Grove

  • Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Station #55: 7776 Excelsior Road, Sacramento

  • Sacramento Metro Fire Station #106: 2200 Park Towne Circle, Sacramento

  • Lowe's parking lot: 3251 Zinfandel Drive, Rancho Cordova

  • Westside Park: 6555 West Second Street, Rio Linda

  • Wilton Fire Station: 10661 Alta Mesa Road, Wilton 


El Dorado County

  • El Dorado County Fire Station #17: 6430 Pony Express Trail, Pollock Pines

  • El Dorado County Fire Station #19: 4429 Pleasant Valley Road, Placerville

  • El Dorado County Fire Station #21: 4040 Carson Road, Camino

  • El Doado County Fire Station #72: 7200 Florian Court, Cool

  • Pioneer Fire Station #38: 7061 Mt. Aukum Road, Somerset

  • Diamond Springs/El Dorado Fire Station #49: 501 Main Street, Diamond Springs

  • Garden Valley Fire Station #51: 4860 Marshall Road, Garden Valley

  • Rescue Fire Station #83: 5221 Deer Valley Road, Rescue

  • El Dorado Hills Fire Station #85: 1050 Wilson Boulevard, El Dorado Hills

  • Cameron Park Fire Station #89: 3200 Country Club Drive, Cameron Park

  • Department of Transportation Yard: 1121 Shakori Drive, Meyers

Placer County

  • School Park Preserve parking lot: 55 College Way, Auburn

  • Lincoln Library: 485 Twelve Bridges Drive

  • Joiner Park: 1701 Nicolaus Road

  • McBean Park: 17 McBean Park Drive (by the skate park)

  • Cal Fire Station 33: 33752 Alta Forestry Road

  • Placer County Fire Station 180: 11645 Atwood Road

  • Foresthill Fire Protection District Station 90: 20540 Foresthill Road

  • South Placer Fire Station 17: 6900 Eureka Road

  • North Tahoe Fire: Station 53: 5425 West Lake Boulevard

  • North Tahoe Fire Station 52: 288 North Shore Blvd (Intersection of Highways 267 & 28)

  • Placer County Fire Station 70: 1112 Wise Road

  • Placer County Fire Station 74: 8500 Lakeview Lane

  • Town of Loomis Corp Yard: Corner of Rippey Road and Mandarin Court

  • Placer Hills Fire Station 84: 16999 Placer Hills Road

  • Northstar Community Services District Corp Yard: 50 Trimont Lane (off Northstar Boulevard)

  • Placer County Fire Station 182: 9405 Wise Road, Ophir

  • Placer County Fire Station 75: 5390 Nicolaus Road, Paige

  • Placer County Fire Station 78: 4952 Riosa Road, Sheridan

  • Old Squaw Valley Fire Station: 1810 Squaw Valley Road (at west end of valley, near lifts)

  • Department of Public Works Corp Yard: 2501 North Lake Blvd (Burton Creek)

  • Truckee Fire Station 92: 11473 Donner Pass Road, Truckee

  • Town of Truckee Corp Yard: 10969 Stevens Lane, Truckee

Nevada County

  • Next to the Nevada County Warehouse: Corner of Highway 49 and East Broad Street, Nevada City

  • Penn Valley Fire Protection District: 10513 South Penceville Road, Penn Valley

  • North San Juan Community Hall: 100057 Reservoir Street, North San Juan

  • Higgins Fire Department: 10106 Combie Road, Auburn

Solano County 

  • Irene Softball Compled: 1800 Alamo Drive, Vacaville

  • Public Works Department: 1698 Woolner Avenue, Fairfield

  • Public Works Department: 599 Pittman Road, Fairfield

Stanislaus County

  • Ceres: 2220 Hackett Rd.

  • County: 1716 Morgan Rd. South Gate Entrance-Modesto

  • Hughson: 7018 Pine St.

  • Modesto: City of Modesto Corporation Yard: 501 N. Jefferson Street

  • Newman: 938 Fresno St.

  • Oakdale: 325 East G St.

  • Patterson: 16215 S. Baldwin St.

  • Riverbank: 2901 High St.

  • Turlock: 901 S. Walnut

  • Waterford: 109 South E St.

Washoe County 

  • Washoe County Operations Yard, 3101 Longley Lane, Reno

  • Highland Ranch Parkway, one mile west of Pyramid Hwy, Sparks

  • Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District Station #30 at 3905 Old Hwy 395, Washoe Valley

  • Gander Lane and Eastlake Blvd. in Washoe Valley (sand only)

  • Paddlewheel and Andrew Lanes in Pleasant Valley

  • Toll Road and Geiger Grade

  • Truckee Meadows Fire Lemmon Valley Volunteer Station #223 at 130 Nectar Street

  • Arizona and Lemmon Drive in Lemmon Valley (sand only)

  • Blue Heron/ Warrior Lane in Belli Ranch Area

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