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Fairfield CA Fire Department
Thursday January 5th, 2017 :: 08:07 p.m. PST


Winter Storm Expected-Sandbag Stations Ready

Winter storm expected – Sandbag stations ready
Fairfield, California (Thursday, January 5, 2017)— Heavy rains are expected. Local meteorologists are forecasting a strong series of winter storms with heavy rains beginning Friday evening and lasting through Monday. There is a high probability of localized flooding in downtown Fairfield, south of Texas Street on Sunday due to the high tide period between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Beginning immediately, sandbags can be picked up from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Fairfield's Public Works Corporation Yard, 420 Gregory St. There is a 10-bag limit. Sand is available at two locations: the corner of Pittman and Cordelia roads and the southeast corner of Allan Witt Park off Woolner Avenue. Bring your own shovels; these sandbagging stations are “self-serve”.
If water is pooling around a storm drain inlet and beginning to cause localized flooding, provided conditions are safe, residents may rake away leaves and debris from around drain inlets to allow free water flow. Public Works maintenance crews respond and triage flood calls. However, during heavy rains they may not be able to get to each location as quickly as desired.  
Here are some safety tips if rains persist and residents or business owners are impacted by localized flooding:

  • Stay informed of weather conditions in your area.
  • Avoid unnecessary trips during stormy weather and advise others of your destination.
  • Avoid areas that are subject to sudden flooding.
  • Make sure to keep children and pets away from creeks, flood waters, and storm drains.
  • If on foot, do not attempt to walk through flood waters or flowing streams. Instead, turn around and go directly to higher ground. Even water as low as six inches deep may cause you to be swept away by strong currents.
  • If in a car, drive away from flooded areas. Never try to take a shortcut through them.  If your car stalls, immediately abandon it and climb to higher ground
  • Do not “sightsee” in flooded areas. Do not try to enter areas blocked off by local authorities.
  • If flooding is likely, and time permits, move valuable household possessions to the upper floors of your home or to safe ground.
  • If emergency conditions arise, tune to local radio or television stations for emergency information and instructions from local authorities.
  • If advised by local authorities to leave your home, move to a safe area before access is cut off by flood waters.
  • Have emergency supplies on hand to last for at least three days. Food, bottled water, first aid supplies, medicines, and a battery-operated radio should be ready to go. Have extra batteries on hand.
  • In flood-prone areas, keep sandbags, plastic sheeting, and other emergency building materials on hand for waterproofing.
To report localized flooding, please contact the Public Works Operations Division, Monday -Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (707) 428-7407. On Fridays, weekends, and after hours, please report flooding to Police Dispatch at (707) 428-7300.
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Fairfield CA Fire Department
1200 Kentucky St
Fairfield, CA 94533

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 707-428-7375

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