Encinitas, CA - The National Weather Service is reporting that a rainstorm is predicted to move into Southwest California by sunrise tomorrow morning. Light showers will develop overnight, mainly after midnight. Bands of heavy showers will occur along a new cold front during Wednesday morning and into the afternoon hours.
The showers are expected to linger into Wednesday evening but taper off Wednesday night and end Thursday morning. Rainfall amounts will be limited by the duration of the storm. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect due to the possibility of flooding. Localized heavy rainfall rates of 0.70 inches per hour are possible in urban and rural areas during this round of thunderstorms.
Once again, sandbags and sand are available for Encinitas residents behind Fire Station 3 located at 801 Orpheus Avenue, and at the City’s Public Works Yard located at 160 Calle Magdalena. There is a limit 10 bags per resident. Bags and sand are available while supplies last, and a limited number of pre-filled bags are also available. Shovels are provided for residents’ use and must not be removed from the site. Area hardware stores may have sandbags available as well.
If roads become impassible and closed due to flooding, City staff will put up signage indicating detour routes. Please drive safely and use the detour route. Public Works staff are available to assist with any type of debris management, downed trees, and flooding. For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Public Works Department at (760) 633-2922. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
Below are some steps residents can take to help prepare for the storm:
-Listen to local radio and TV stations for the latest information and updates. Stay informed about weather conditions and listen to the advice of local officials.
-Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply. Keep it nearby.
-Check the gutters and storm drains on your property to be sure they are clear of leaves and debris.
-Stay off the roads if possible. If you have to drive, check your windshield wipers and replace them if necessary, before the storm.
-Turn around, don’t drown. If driving on a flooded road, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
-Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see roads, debris, and flood danger.
ABOUT THE CITY OF ENCINITAS
Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 63,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.