KERN COUNTY, Calif., The National Weather Service has declared a Flood Watch in effect from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning for elevations below 4,000 feet. This anticipated flooding is predicted due to forecasts of excessive rainfall in addition to possible snow melt.
Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas.
The following preparedness steps are strongly encouraged:
- Monitor weather forecasts.
- If you reside in areas likely to be impacted relocate to a safer area until storms pass.
- Sign up for emergency notifications at readykern.com.
- Assemble an emergency kit, including medications.
- Identify escape routes and safe refuge areas.
- Prepare your home for nuisance water. Sandbag the threshold of doors and garage.
- Ensure that items stored in your basement or garage are elevated to prevent damage.
- Stock up on nonperishable food and water. A minimum of three days worth is recommended.
- Fill propane tanks and generator fuel systems to maintain electrical and heating in the event of a power outage.
- Stock up on firewood.
- Keep electronics like cell phones charged.
- Fill vehicle fuel tanks.
Safety Reminder- Don’t walk through flood waters. It only takes 6 inches of moving water to knock you off your feet. If you are trapped by moving water, move to the highest possible point and call 911. Do NOT drive into flooded roadways or around a barricade; Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Water may be deeper than it appears and can hide hazards such as sharp objects, washed out road surfaces, electrical wires, chemicals, etc. A vehicle caught in swiftly moving water can be swept away in seconds. 12 inches of water can float a car or small SUV, 18 inches of water can carry away large vehicles.