Heavy Rain in the Forecast from February 25 to 27
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for the Coastal North Bay, including Sausalito. The Flood Watch is in effect from the afternoon of Monday, February 25 until late Wednesday night. Forecast rainfall totals during this period of time range from 4 to 6 inches near the coast and in the valleys of the North Bay, and from 6 to 12 inches in the hills and mountains of the North Bay. In addition to the flood potential, mud, rock, and debris flows could occur in areas of steep terrain. Locally strong and gusty winds may result in downed trees, and power outages will be possible.
The City of Sausalito is working with Caltrans, the National Park Service, and the Southern Marin Fire Protection District to continue to monitor the hillside above Sausalito Boulevard.
The National Weather Service forecast for Sausalito as of 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 26 is as follows:
Tuesday. Rain. The rain could be heavy at times. High near 58. Windy, with a south wind around 30 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Tuesday Night. Rain and possibly a thunderstorm before 4:00 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 53. Windy, with a south wind 29 to 34 mph, with gusts as high as 46 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.
Wednesday. Showers likely, mainly after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. South southwest wind 11 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Wednesday Night. Showers likely, mainly before 10pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. South wind 9 to 18 mph becoming west northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Prepare for the Storm
To prepare for the storm, please check your property for areas where flooding could occur due to clogged drains or gutters. Move valuable belongings from areas that are prone to flooding, including your garage or carport. Make sure you, your neighbors, and your loved ones have an abundance of food, water, and batteries. Recharge your laptop computer, cell phone, and other mobile devices as a precaution against a power outage. Prepare a Go Bag in case you need to make a rapid evacuation of your home.
The Public Works Department has a supply of sand and sandbags available to help residents protect themselves from flooding. Sand is offered to both residents and merchants from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the City Corporation Yard at 530 Nevada Street. Sand and bags are also available at all hours across from the gym in the MLK parking lot. Access to the lot is from Coloma Street. If the Corporation Yard is closed and there is an emergency, please contact the Sausalito Police Department at (415) 289-4170 to gain access.
During the Storm
During the storm, if you see a storm drain on your street that is filled with leaves or debris – and you don't see Public Works crews in your area – put on your brightest rain gear and go ahead and remove the leaves. Doing so safely will help avoid flooding onto your property or a neighbor's property.
Do not hesitate to call 9-1-1 if you see evidence of a debris flow of any magnitude. Also be on the lookout for formerly clear runoff that becomes muddy or water breaking out from the hillside in a new place.
Always call 9-1-1 if you come across a downed tree or live wires. Do not attempt to move any wires from the roadway or from your property. Stay away from trees, pools of water, and other objects that may be in contact with power lines.
To report an electrical outage or check on a known outage, visit the PG&E electric outages webpage. Select a location on the map or search by city. Once outage details appear, you will be able to sign up to receive outage updates. You may also report an outage by calling PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
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