And there’s more still to come.
We haven’t seen this much rain in years. The ground is saturated and reservoirs are filling up. With more rain in the forecast, we need to prepare for what comes next.
Heavy rain after prolonged drought causes flash floods and mudslides. We’ve already seen numerous landslides that have closed highways and recently more than 180,000 people were evacuated from counties surrounding Lake Oroville due to potential failure of the spillway.
In light of the extreme conditions we’ve experience thus far we need to prepare for emergencies now.
A flash flood is something we haven’t thought of often in more than five years of drought, but this winter, we should. More people are killed by flooding than any other single severe weather hazard. If advised to evacuate due to flooding, do so immediately. Quick action can save your life.
- Do not drive through flowing water or on flooded roadways, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
- Obey safety warnings, road closures, and detour signs.
- Do not stop or park along streams or washes.
- If at all possible, stay inside and avoid driving altogether.
Watch for signs of a landslide:
- Springs, seepage, new cracks, or unusual bulges in the ground.
- Moving soil.
- Broken water lines.
- Leaning telephone poles, trees, or fences.
If you get caught in a landslide:
- Quickly move to high ground in the opposite direction of moving debris.
- If debris is headed your way, run for shelter and take cover.
An emergency kit will help you in any emergency. If a winter storms strikes, you could be left without power and heat for up to several days. Stock up on basic emergency supplies at work, home, and in your vehicle. Your kit should include:
- Food and water – One gallon of water per person, per day; Three days of non-perishable food for all members. Include a non-electric can opener.
- Equipment – Flashlight, radio, extra batteries, and glass window breaker.
- Health – Basic First Aid Kit, medication, eyeglasses, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene items, and extra cash if possible.