Winter Storm

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January 4, 2023 4:04 PM


The City of Cloverdale is preparing for a major storm (atmospheric river) forecast to impact Sonoma County beginning Thursday, March 9th. Heavy rains and flooding are possible. A flood watch has been issued for Sonoma County from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning.

Incoming storms include upwards of 1.5 to 4 inches of rain with gusty winds. Excessive runoff may result in flooding rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.

Storm Impacts:
Falling debris will cause a threat to life, especially to those who are exposed to the elements.
Downed trees/branches with the potential for power outages, road blockages.
Displaced citizens living in river, creek, and stream beds.
Flooding, especially in poor drainage areas.
Small streams and creeks overflowing.
Swollen larger rivers, possibly exceeding flood stage.
Ponding of water on roadways.
Inundated low road crossings in/near flood plains/river.
Rocks and another sediment may dislodge from hillsides

Be Prepared:
Avoid unnecessary travel during the alerts.
Turn Around, Don't Drown.
Stay away from the edge of rivers and creeks and flooded roadways.
Stock up now on groceries and water, if needed.
Bring items in from outside that might blow away.
Clean out house and street gutters and ditches.
Have flashlights, extra batteries, and candles ready and cell phones charged in case electricity goes out.
Move valuables and animals to higher ground if they are in a potential flood area.
Bring animals inside or provide shelter for them.
Check in with neighbors, especially elderly neighbors who live alone.
Have your Go Bags ready and prepared.

To ensure the safety of the community, the City Park, River Park, and Porterfield Creek Open Space will be closed effective Thursday, March 9th at noon until further notice. The City of Cloverdale Public Works staff is on standby monitoring the storm activity and will respond in the event of an emergency. Sandbag stations are available on Second St. next to the City Park and Furber Park’s main parking lot. The city has a limited supply of bags, and they are available on a first-come, first-served bases. Shovels are available on limited bases and residents are encouraged to bring their own shovels. Ace Hardware, located at 750 S. Cloverdale Blvd., has sandbags in stock which are available for purchase while supplies last.

For more information, go to to learn more about preparing for floods.

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