After a series of winter storms brought heavy rain and snowfall, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is continuing to preposition swift water rescue resources and firefighting personnel statewide in preparation for potential major flooding and debris flow.
The prepositioned resources include:
Prepositioned at Lathrop/Manteca Fire Department: OES: Lathrop/Manteca Fire Department Swift Water Rescue Team 13
Prepositioned at Ukiah Fire Department: OES: Fresno City Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 19
Prepositioned at Sacramento Fire Department: OES: Sacramento Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 7
Prepositioned at Merced County: OES: San Diego Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 8
Prepositioned at Merced County: OES: Bakersfield Fire Department Swift Water Rescue TF 11
Monterey County: 1 Local Government Engine Task Force: 1 Type 1 Engine, 3 Type 3 Engines, 2 Type 6 Engines 1 OES Swift Water Rescue Team, 10 Local Government IMT Overhead
Calaveras County: 5 Local Government Engines Type 3, 2 Local Government Engines Type 6, 1 Local Government Swift Water Rescue Team, 4 Local Government IMT Overhead
The National Weather Service is forecasting for extended dry weather after another storm moves out Thursday. Potentially heavy rain and snow could impact communities already recovering from significant flooding. Later in the week, a substantial dry period will blanket most of the state and likely continue into all of next week.
The public is urged to be on the lookout for potential flooding and mudslides in areas recently burned by wildfires. A debris flow can take homes off their foundations and carry items such as vegetation, large boulders, and cars. If you live near or downslope of burn areas, you should have a plan to quickly evacuate your community if flash flooding or a mudslide were to happen. Learn more about being flood aware here.
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