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Next Round of Storms Coming Our Way

Post Date:01/31/2019 3:00 PM

A potentially hazardous storm is expected in Marin County starting mid-day Friday. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect from Friday evening through late Friday night. The storm will include a powerful cold front, which brings heavy rain to our region, over a short period of time. This could lead to inundation of creeks and streams, and possible roadway flooding. The Friday evening communte will be adversely affected.

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.
  • Keep pets inside for safety. 
  • Fix any lose screens or cracked windows.
  • Get sandbags and sand
    • The City of Novato provides free self-serve sandbags and sand at its Corp Yard Facility at 550 Davidson Avenue, east of Highway 101 near De Long Avenue.
    • Sandbags will also be available at the Hamilton Theater, at 555 Palm Drive. 
    • Residents should bring their own shovels and gloves.  The limit is 10 sandbags per household, first come first serve. For more information: novato.org/sandbags.
      • We recommend 8 foot wide plastic sheeting placed four feet on the ground and four feet up the wall to create a barrier at doorways and garages.

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 staff will be working, and is 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. 

To stay updated, please sign up for Nixle emergency alert notifications as well as e-notifications at novato.org and novatofire.org

For weather information: novatoweather

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