National Weather Service Issues Flood Watch For Northern California, Elk Grove



January 4, 2017 |

At 2:37 this afternoon the Sacramento office of the National Weather Service issued a flood watch in effect starting this Saturday afternoon, January 7, though the afternoon hours of Monday, January 9. The watch is for most of Northern California, including the Elk Grove and surrounding areas.

City of Elk Grove spokesperson Kristyn Nelson said city staff is assessing the current situation and will make a determination if there will be sandbag distribution points opening by this weekend.

In an email Nelson also said "In the meantime, residents with property that has a history of flooding are encouraged to purchase sand and sandbags at a hardware or home improvement store—before the storm hits. Only a limited number of sandbags may be available at City distribution sites." 

More information about flood preparedness can be found at the City's website

The warning states the following:

.. FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A * FLOOD WATCH FOR A PORTION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA... INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING BURNEY BASIN ... / EASTERN SHASTA COUNTY... CARQUINEZ STRAIT AND DELTA... CENTRAL SACRAMENTO VALLEY... CLEAR LAKE/SOUTHERN LAKE COUNTY... MOTHERLODE... MOUNTAINS SOUTHWESTERN SHASTA COUNTY TO NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY... NORTHEAST FOOTHILLS/SACRAMENTO VALLEY... NORTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY... NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY... SHASTA LAKE AREA / NORTHERN SHASTA COUNTY... SOUTHERN SACRAMENTO VALLEY... WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA AND WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK. * AN ATMOSPHERIC RIVER WILL LIKELY PRODUCE A PROLONGED PERIOD OF OCCASIONALLY INTENSE RAINFALL WITH SNOW LEVELS ABOVE 7000 TO 8000 FEET LATE SATURDAY THROUGH MONDAY. AMOUNTS NOT SEEN SINCE DECEMBER 2005. * COASTAL RANGE, SHASTA COUNTY MOUNTAINS, AND CENTRAL VALLEY: A TOTAL OF 5 TO 8 INCHES OF ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE OVER HIGHER TERRAIN WHILE THE VALLEY IS EXPECTED TO RECEIVE 2 TO 5 INCHES. THE GREATEST VALLEY AMOUNTS MAY BE ACROSS THE SOUTHERN SACRAMENTO AND NORTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEYS. * WEST SLOPE SIERRA NEVADA: A TOTAL OF 8 TO 15 INCHES OF ADDITIONAL RAINFALL WILL BE POSSIBLE. * A COMBINATION OF INTENSE RAIN AND SATURATED SOILS WILL LEAD TO EXCESSIVE RUNOFF. FLOODING OF UNREGULATED RIVERS, SUCH AS COSUMNES RIVER, AS WELL AS FLOODING OF CREEKS, STREAMS, URBAN AREAS AND FARMLAND IS LIKELY. MAINSTEM RIVERS WILL BE AT ELEVATED LEVELS. TRAVEL COULD BE VERY DIFFICULT WITH SOME ROADS COVERED BY WATER. TURN AROUND, DO NOT DROWN. * RECENT BURN SCARS MAY HAVE DEBRIS FLOWS FROM THE PROLONGED AND OCCASIONALLY INTENSE RAIN. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A FLOOD WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR FLOODING BASED ON CURRENT FORECASTS. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE ALERT FOR POSSIBLE FLOOD WARNINGS. THOSE LIVING IN AREAS PRONE TO FLOODING SHOULD BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLOODING DEVELOP.  




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