Tuesday December 9, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for our area in effect from 4:00 a.m. Thursday to 4:00 p.m. Friday. Beginning at 8:30 a.m. today, the City of Napa has made self-serve sandbags available to those who want to take precautions. The sandbag station is in the parking lot near First Street and Freeway Drive. Sandbags will remain available as long as their is a need. Residents should bring a shovel and gloves and plan to fill and transport their own bags.

All drainage ditches and channels were inspected and cleaned last week. Leaf pickup was increased to diminish clogged storm drain problems. Stream gauges have been checked, and the weather monitoring center is staffed. For public safety, Trancas Crossing Park is now closed through the weekend, the Oxbow Preserve will be closed Thursday and Friday, and the Main Street Boat Dock will be closed from Wednesday until further notice as the gangway will be hoisted out of floodway.

Heavy rains are expected to begin Wednesday evening, increasing the chance of flash flooding on terrain already saturated by late-autumn storms. A high wind watch will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. Wednesday to 4:00 p.m. Thursday, with winds 20-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. At higher elevations, wind speeds may reach 30-40 mph and gusts up to 60 mph.

All residents are encouraged to evaluate emergency plans and supplies in advance of the storm. Visit PG&E's Storm, Outages and Safety page for preparedness information.