Preparing for Winter Storms

Last Updated: 2/23/2017

We continue to see winter storms hit our area and we offer the following tips on preparing for winter storms.

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We offer the following tips to assist you in preparing for winter storms. 


Winter storms have the potential to cause power outages, flooding, and traffic hazards. We encourage you to plan ahead for the possibility of storms this winter by taking the following precautions:

Remove Fallen Leaves

Help prevent street flooding by removing leaves and keeping storm drains clear.

Place fallen leaves in your green waste bin, or bag your leaves and place them in your regular refuse bin. 

Report Flooding or Road Hazards

Call Public Works at (916) 774-5790 to report localized street flooding or other road hazards during normal business hours.  After hours or on weekends, call police and fire dispatch at (916) 774-5000 x 1.

During a storm, do not walk or drive past barricades or road signs warning of flooded areas, and avoid walking or driving through standing or running water.

Report Downed Trees and Tree Limbs

Report  downed  trees  and  tree  limbs  during  normal  business hours  by  calling  Parks and Recreation  at  (916) 774-5748.  After hours or on weekends, call the police and fire dispatch at (916) 774-5000 x 1.

Do Not Touch Downed Power Lines

If you see a downed power line, don’t touch it.  Assume it is dangerous and call 911 immediately.

If your power goes out, please call our outage hotline at (916) 774-5428. For information on what to do during an outage, visit  You can help prevent power outages by removing or storing lightweight lawn equipment and accessories to keep them from being carried by the wind into overhead power lines.


·         Do not walk or drive past barricades or road signs warning of flooded areas and do not travel through standing or running water.

·         Do not walk through flowing water.

·         Do not drive through a flooded area.

·         Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may  be washed out.

·         Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.

·         Look before you step. Floors and stairs that have been covered with mud can be very slippery.

·         Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Do not smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.

Traffic Safety

·         Don’t drive during a storm unless you absolutely have to.

·         Turn your headlights on in the rain.

·         Slow down on wet streets, and allow plenty of time and space to stop.

·         Don’t drive through flooded areas.  Even a few inches of water can sweep a car away.

·         Never drive past street closure signs or barricades—they are there for a reason!

Prepare At Home

·         Keep an emergency kit on hand with a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, flashlights, fresh batteries, and a first-aid kit.

·         Check to see that your first-aid kit is well-stocked and medications have not expired.

·         Stock a supply of easy-to-open, prepared food, a can opener, bottled water, and pet food in case of a power outage. 

·         Keep extra blankets and warm clothes in a safe, dry place in case your heat goes off.

·         If  you  use  an  electric  generator,  be  sure  it  is  installed  properly. Improperly installed generators put property and the lives of utility workers in the area at risk.

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