HAYWARD, CA | Flash flooding events are baaaaack in the SF Bay Area — so we’re posting a Flash Floods checklist and Flood Recovery fact sheet for you. Additional Flash Flood Warnings or Area Flood Warnings could be issued if flooding concerns expand.
- Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
- Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other drainage areas and low lying spots.
- A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property.
Flood and fire officials from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), CAL FIRE, and the National Weather Service (NWS) warn that weather and land conditions across California increase the need to be ready. Considerations for a flash floods checklist for emergencies or similar preparedness measures during the rainy season is very helpful.
Get The FEMA Flood Facts!
- Serpico Landscaping is providing a flash floods checklist and resources found via the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) now a division of Homeland Security. The family emergency plan checklist, is a link courtesy of the Santa Clara Valley Water District.
- DWR urges individuals and families to be aware of weather conditions and forecasts, know their risk and prepare to evacuate quickly if ordered by local officials.
- If you’re recovering from a flood, you can find help with FEMA’s Flood Recovery Fact Sheet for starters.
Also, the DWR released an educational online video showing recent catastrophic flooding after fire events across California and recommended actions the public should take if traveling through a flash flood-prone area.
Authorities oftentimes recommended people not to go out unless they are forced to travel and must endure the storm. Otherwise officials said it was best to stay safe and dry — inside.
- “With an increased number of burn areas comes increased potential for flash flooding in those areas,” said Bill Croyle, Deputy Director of Statewide Emergency Preparedness and Security for DWR. “Flood preparedness is even more important this year due to widespread wildfires the state has experienced.”
- DWR uses innovative monitoring tools that synthesize multi-agency data to understand detailed, real-time ground conditions, helping to inform officials of developing areas of flood concern.
Flooding and Wildfire | Emergency Apps and Links
The National Weather Service is responsible for issuing flood watches and warnings to the media and the public. Californians are encouraged to monitor television and radio broadcasts and to take advantage of a variety of smart phone apps, all of which carry NWS alerts.
- For more information about the risk of flooding after fire, NWS provides an explanation of what causes a debris flow at this link: https://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/hazards.shtml.
CAL FIRE has taken measures to stabilize several slopes, including straw-mulching and installing Early Warning System rain gauges linked to local government emergency response systems to trigger evacuation.
- Information about ongoing wildfires is available at https://www.fire.ca.gov/current_incidents
While we hope you won’t need to use our 2017 Flash Floods checklist for any emergencies, Serpico Landscaping wants you to be prepared by saving FEMA’s links above so you’re safe during the rainy times upon us now.