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Novato Emergency Information--Joint Emergency Operations Center Activated
At 7 a.m. this morning, the City of Novato and Novato Fire District activated the Joint Emergency Operations Center to address impacts and meet the needs of our community from the second storm event which began late Monday night and is expected to continue through this evening.
The National Weather Service forecasts heavy rain and strong winds this afternoon and evening. 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. Thunderstorms are also possible this afternoon into the evening.
Additionally, a wind advisory is in effect from the National Weather Service until midnight tonight. A wind advisory means that winds of 35 MPH are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult. Winds are currently at 15mph with gusts reported up to 33mph. As with high-wind event storms, power outages are possible. Please be prepared by having flashlights on hand. Do not use candles during power outages.
Minor localized flooding is occurring. Railroad Avenue is beginning to flood at Olive Avenue. The street is still passable but it is recommended that vehicle traffic take an alternate route as there is water on the roadway.
Also, emergency responders are on scene at a minor hillside slide in Marin Valley at Clubview Drive and Sunrise Lane.
Residents are encouraged to secure sandbags prior to height of the storm. The City of Novato provides free self-serve sandbags and sand to Novatans at 3 locations:
City of Novato Corporation Yard
Dogbone Meadow Dog Park
Residents should bring their own shovels and gloves. More information can be found at novato.org/sandbags.
Flood Safety Tips:
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
- Avoid walking or driving through flood waters
- Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
- If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.
- If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Remain in the car if the water is moving.
- Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
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.
For non-emergencies and to report flooding or downed trees within Novato, please contact the Novato Fire District at 415-878-2690. If you need emergency response, please call 9 1 1. All emergency calls are routed through emergency dispatch.
The City and Fire District will continue to post new information on power outages, road closures, safety information, and sandbag locations to its websites at: novato.org and novatofire.org, on Nixle.com, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OurTownNovato and https://www.facebook.com/NovatoFireDistrict/
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