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March 19, 2020 5:04 AM

Winter Storm Alert

The City of Cloverdale is preparing for a major storm (atmospheric river) forecast to impact Sonoma County on Wednesday, January 4th, including high winds and a very high likelihood of flooding along the Russian River.

Incoming storms include upwards of 6 inches of rain and wind gusts ranging from 35-55 mph and higher in some areas on Wednesday, January 4th, and Thursday, January 5th. The Russian River is expected to reach flood stage by midnight on Thursday. An additional storm will follow over the weekend, beginning Friday or Saturday, and is currently predicted to bring up to 6 inches of rain. Wind and flood watch likely to be upgraded to warnings.

Storm impacts:
Falling debris will cause a threat to life, especially to those who are exposed to the elements
Downed trees/branches with the potential for power outages, road blockages, and added debris in waterways
Displaced citizens living in river, creek, and stream beds
Flooding, especially in poor drainage areas
Small streams and creeks overflowing
Swollen larger rivers, possibly exceeding flood stage
Ponding of water on roadways
Inundated low road crossings in/near flood plains/river
Rocks and other sediment may dislodge from hillsides.

Be Prepared:
Avoid unnecessary travel during the alerts.
Turn Around, Don't Drown. Stay away from the edge of rivers and creeks and do not cross flooded roadways.
Stock up now on groceries and water, if needed.
Bring items in from outside that might blow away.
Clean out house and street gutters and ditches.
Have flashlights, extra batteries, and candles ready and cell phones charged in case electricity goes out.
Move valuables and animals to higher ground if they are in a potential flood area. Bring animals inside or provide shelter for them.
Check-in with neighbors, especially elderly neighbors who live alone.
Have your Go Bags ready and prepared for winter.

To ensure the safety of the community, the City Park, River Park, and Porterfield Creek Open Space will be closed effective Wednesday, January 3rd, at noon until further notice.

The City of Cloverdale Public Works staff is on standby monitoring the storm activity and will respond in the event of an emergency. A sandbag station is available on Second St. next to the City Park for those in need. The city has a limited supply of bags, and they are available on a first-come, first-served bases.

Residents are encouraged to bring their own bags. Ace Hardware, located at 750 S. Cloverdale Blvd., has sandbags in stock which are available for purchase while supplies last.

For more information, go to https://socoemergency.org/get-ready/local-hazards/flood/ to learn more about preparing for floods.

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