Widespread rainfall is expected this weekend in Marin.
Starting Saturday, December 11th through Tuesday, December 14th, moderate to heavy rainfall is expected for the entire Bay Area, with gusts of 30-40 mph (55+ in higher elevations) and rainfall totals of 3-5 inches.
As we enter into the heavy winter season, we encourage all City residents to be on the lookout and stay alert in response to our much needed rainfall. Please be aware of slick roadways, local gusty winds, moderate to heavy rainfall, and minor small stream flooding from the rain. For emergency updates, you can always find real time updates at the Marin County Emergency Management Portal.
The City has sandbags available for residents to pick up and use at locations across the City. Residents are asked to limit the number of sandbags they take to ten. For their most effective use, sandbags should only be filled about half way. This assure they can flex to the surface and provide a tighter seal. The bags are available at:
- Peacock Gap Golf Course small parking lot – located at corner of Biscayne Drive and Partridge Drive
- Terra Linda Community Center – 670 Del Ganado Road
- Menzies Parking Lot – Adjacent to the Falkirk Cultural Center, 1428 Mission Avenue
What the City is Doing to Prepare for Storm Season
As always, crews are on standby should they be needed to address any fallen trees or other hazards. In addition, crews from our public works department have been clearing catch basins and storm basins to help assure proper flow.
How you can prepare for a Storm
Residents can help to prepare themselves by clearing any debris from drains on or near their property. Be sure to pick up sandbags early (see locations above) if you will need them, sign up for alerts and updates, fuel and charge cars, phones, and any other devices you may need in case of a power outage.
Drive with Caution
The rain can also create hazardous driving conditions, particularly given the oil and residue build-up on the roads since the last rain. Water and oil don’t mix, so the rain on roads with oil build up creates slippery and therefor hazardous road conditions. Please drive with caution, slow down and provide extra space between vehicles. If traffic signals are down, please remember to treat all 4 – way intersections as a Stop sign governed intersection. Remember to avoid driving through flood water or on flooded roadways.
For emergency needs, threat to life of property, please call 911 and provide details to dispatch. Dispatchers can request PG&E make-safe support as needed.
Stay away from downed power lines. Assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay away from the lines and keep others away from them. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the location of a downed line. After reporting the downed line, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.
Use flashlights, not candles: During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. And keep extra batteries on hand. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, animals, and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.