Weather Alerts and Preparedness Information

Storm Advisory & Weather-Related Information for March 9-15, 2016

The National Weather Service has issued both a Flash Flood Watch and a Hazardous Weather Outlook for our region.  
The Flash Flood Watch runs from Thursday, March 10 at 4:00pm through Sunday, March 13 at 6:00pm.
For current storm information, and to view these weather advisories,  please click 
here

From the National Weather Service, Bay Area: 
DAY ONE: 3/09: RAIN WILL REMAIN MAINLY OVER THE NORTH BAY TODAY.
DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN - THURSDAY 3/10 THROUGH TUESDAY 3/15: VERY WET WEATHER CAN BE EXPECTED FROM THURSDAY INTO MONDAY AS A SERIES OF SYSTEMS WILL IMPACT OUR REGION. HEAVY RAIN IS POSSIBLE AT TIMES WITH THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS EXPECTED OVER THE NORTH BAY. HYDRO PROBLEMS ARE POSSIBLE. IN ADDITION, GUSTY SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED AS EACH SYSTEM MOVES THROUGH.



Please make sure you are prepared by checking your property for areas where flooding could occur due to clogged drains or gutters. Make sure you have enough food, water and batteries. If you have time, please check on your neighbors who are elderly or housebound before, during and after the storm. During the storm, our Town staff could be extremely busy moving from location to location throughout town and may not be able to respond to you right away.
How you can help:
  • If you see a storm drain on your street that is filled with leaves or debris, and you don't see our Public Works crews in your area, go ahead remove the leaves - this may just help divert a water flow and avoid flooding onto your property or a neighbor's property.
  • Fill your sand bags now! Please do not wait for the storm to arrive

If you see a downed power line, contact PG&E at 800-743-5000 or non-emergency dispatch at 415-927-5150. If you see a downed tree, contact the Department of Public Works at 415-927-5057 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours at 415-927-5150.  See below for additional information and resources.


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The Town of Corte Madera strongly encourages businesses and residents to prepare for winter storms. Please read below for information and resources available to help you prepare for the many issues winter storms may present. 

FLOODING
If your home or business is in a low-lying area with a history of flooding, please take the time now to prepare for the possibility of flooding:

  • Sand bag filling stations are available behind Fire Station 14 (342 Tamalpais Blvd.) and on Paradise Drive in the parking lot adjacent to the San Clemente Park / Cove School fields. All supplies are provided. Note: Sand bags are useful in preventing flooding but may not be 100% watertight. Properly filled and placed sandbags are meant to act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of through, buildings. Click here to see suggestions on how to effectively fill and stack sandbags.
  • If a blocked catch basin or stormdrain is causing flooding contact the Department of Public Works at 415-927-5057 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours 415-927-5150. If the blocked storm drain is causing an immediate danger, call 911 from any land or mobile phone.
  • Please do not leave piles of leaves in the roadway. Please rake them up and place them in your green bin for disposal. Leaves left in the street will block storm drains and may lead to flooding.
For more information on high tides, click here.
For more current local weather, click here.


POWER OUTAGES
  • Have flashlights and battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages. Tune in to KQED 88.5 FM, KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 AM.
  • Fire Officials recommend that residents do not use candles because of the risk of fire. Use battery-powered light sources.
  • Anticipate power outages and bookmark PG&E’s power outage page.


DOWNED TREES
Downed Trees and Limbs:
  • If the tree is within the Town limits of Corte Madera and is on Town property, or if the tree is blocking a public right of way or roadway contact the Department of Public Works at 415-927-5057 during regular business hours and non-emergency dispatch after hours at 415-927-5150.
  • If the tree is on private property or has fallen onto private property contact the property owner. 
  • If the tree is touching electrical wires contact PG&E at 800-743-500 or non-emergency dispatch at 415-927-5150. 
  • If the tree or limb is causing an immediate danger, call 911 from any land or mobile phone.

DRIVE WITH CAUTION
  • When driving in the rain, use extra caution and always have your headlights on. Remember, if you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights.
  • Please obey the speed limits and follow other traffic at a safe distance.
  • Do not drive through standing water. Only 6 inches of water can be enough to stall your car and cause irreparable damage to the engine.
  • Please anticipate road closures and traffic back-ups due to flooding, downed trees or landslides. 
  • Check traffic conditions before you hit the road: http://www.511.org/

CREATE / CHECK YOUR EMERGENCY KIT
A disaster supplies kit is simply a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Visithttp://readymarin.org/ for more information.


STAY INFORMED
In an emergency, communication is crucial to the safety of all residents and businesses. Please bookmark or sign up for the communications methods listed below:


WHEN TO CALL 911
In an emergency, call 911 immediately from any wired or wireless phone. An emergency is any situation that requires immediate assistance from the police, fire department or ambulance such as a fire, a car crash (especially if someone is injured), or a medical emergency where a person is requiring immediate medical attention.

If you hear the Town Emergency Siren, do not call 911. Instead, tune in to 1330 AM, which is operated by the Town of Corte Madera, and carries messages of evacuation instructions updated on as-needed basis during emergency situations. Or tune in to KQED 88.5 FM, KCBS 740 AM or KGO 810 AM or local TV stations for further information. You can also check the Town of Corte Madera's website and the other sites listed above for information.

Finally, you can click here to track the storm via radar.