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Novato Emergency Information--Second Storm Expected on Tuesday
The National Weather Service reports show another storm system to impact the region from late tonight through Tuesday night, resulting in strong, gusty winds and widespread precipitation. The heaviest rainfall and greatest potential for flooding will occur over the North Bay and Coastal Ranges during the day on Tuesday.
The forecast from Tuesday afternoon through the evening suggests the evening commute could be quite challenging. Rainfall amounts are forecast to range from 2 to 4 inches for the North Bay and coastal ranges, 1 to 2 inches for most urban locations around San Francisco Bay with lesser amounts for most other spots. Additionally, high winds similar to the last storm are expected. Winds will increase significantly by Tuesday afternoon and sustained winds could reach 60 mph at higher elevations.
Although the total rainfall is expected to be less than the last storm, the ground is fully saturated and excessive ponding and associated roadway impacts can be expected, as well as downed trees and power lines.
Drier weather will return for our entire County Warning Area Thursday through the weekend giving our region several heavily needed days to let local creeks/streams/rivers time to recede.
Prepare in advance:
- Clean debris from gutters.
- Limb up weak trees or remove them entirely.
- Secure outdoor furniture.
- Check your storm drains and clear debris if necessary.
- Bring pets inside for safety. Marin Humane Society offers free boarding for pets for evacuated residents during declared storm emergencies.
- Fixed any loose screens or cracked windows.
- Get sandbags and sand prior to the storm. The City of Novato provides free self-serve sandbags and sand to Novatans at 3 locations:
City of Novato Corporation Yard
Residents should bring their own shovels and gloves. More information can be found at novato.org/sandbags.
During the storm, make sure you:
- Remain at home and avoid driving if possible.
- Keep away from downed or hanging power lines. Consider all downed lines to be energized.
- Have batteries ready to go for flashlights, radios and other devices.
- Avoid standing water. Do not drive or walk in flooded areas.
- Keep away from emergency vehicles and take alternate roads.
City and Fire District staff will be working, and are on call 24-hours, during these types of events to address flooding of public roads and facilities.
To report flooding or downed trees within Novato, please contact the City;
Between 7:00 am and 4:30 pm
Public Works Department at (415)899-8280
After hours between 4:30 pm and 7:00 am
Novato Police Department at (415)897-4361
If you need emergency response, please call 9 1 1. All emergency calls are routed through emergency dispatch.
To stay updated, please sign up for Nixle emergency alert notifications as well as e-notifications at www.novato.org and www.novatofire.org. For emergency alert notifications in Novato and countywide, register at Alert Marin: http://www.marinsheriff.org/services/emergency-services/alert-marin. Information is also posted on the City and Fire District Facebook pages and on NextDoor accounts.
For weather information, http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/total_forecast/getprod.php?prod=XXXAFDMTR&wfo=MTR
Follow hashtags for this storm event: #CAStorm and #CAFlood
Peggy Flynn, City of Novato