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Storm Preparedness Information

Storm Preparedness Information

With the continuation of this year’s March miracle and strong storms forecast through Tuesday, additional releases are being made from local lakes and reservoirs to accommodate run-off and snow melt.  These releases are already resulting in visibly higher rivers and elevated river gauges.  Some gauges may reach and go above the “Monitor Stage”.  Residents are advised that the “Monitor Stage” is not unusual in these conditions and is well below the “Flood Stage”.

Still, the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services encourages residents to take caution with increased precipitation, rising rivers and streams, high winds and localized flooding.  Public works crews throughout Yolo County are on standby to handle storm related problems.  Motorists are advised to avoid flooded streets and to be on the lookout for debris on the roads resulting from strong winds and run off.

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

Drought Housing Relocation Funds Approved

The California Department of Housing & Community Development has awarded $150,000 to Yolo County to provide relocation assistance to Yolo County residents without access to potable water as a result of the drought.

This award, from the Community Development Block Program, is part of the Drought Housing Relocation Assistance Program which was established under the governor’s drought state of emergency to assist eligible households, renters and homeowners in relocating and receiving rental assistance for 12 months in the event they lack reasonable access to potable water as a result of the drought.  The program also provides assistance with security deposits, last month’s rent and a one-time moving cost allowance.

New Emergency Notification System Launched – Yolo-Alert.org

New Emergency Notification System Launched – Yolo-Alert.org

(Woodland, CA) – The Yolo County Office of Emergency Services, in partnership with emergency response agencies throughout Yolo, Sacramento and Placer counties, has implemented a state-of-the-art mass notification system to alert residents about emergency events and other important community news.  The system enables officials in the three counties to provide essential information quickly, through a variety of avenues, when there is a threat to the health and safety of residents.

Weather Spotter Training April 30

Weather Spotter Training April 30

The Yolo County Office of Emergency Services and the National Weather Service want to train you to become a weather spotter on Wednesday, April 30, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Marsh Hall at Esparto High School, located at 17121 Yolo Avenue in Esparto.

Storm spotters play a valuable role in the severe weather warning process.  The National Weather Service relies on visual observations from spotters to provide critical information that would otherwise not be available to forecasters.  Spotter reports are combined with data from doppler radar and satellite pictures to provide a complete understanding of severe storms and their impact on the public. 

During the free training, sponsored by the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services, future weather spotters will learn:

City asks residents to conserve water

City asks residents to conserve water

The light spring rains, early spring runoff, and intense summer heat have created a water shortage (drought) condition in West Sac and throughout Northern California, said West Sacramento water conservation spokeswoman Paulina Rosenthal in a press release July 22.

"Due to these conditions, the City of West Sacramento is focused on improving water conditions this summer and protecting its water supplies in 2014," she said.  "The City is requesting a Stage 2 Water Conservation effort and encourages residents to irrigate lawns and gardens with less water and during nighttime hours only; to repair leaks in indoor and outdoor plumbing, and to be generally diligent about preserving this precious resource."

Residents and businesses are urged to refrain from the following activities:

Staying safe in a heat wave

Staying safe in a heat wave

Five days of 100 degree+ heat are in the forecast through the weekend and until the 4th of July. That's dangerous heat for both people and pets, warns the Yolo County Health Department.

Health officials and animal welfare experts are reminding residents in West Sacramento and throughout the county to protect themselves and their pets, says county spokeswoman Beth Gabor in a press release.

Especially vulnerable, say experts, are:

Did you see the ring around the sun?

Did you see the ring around the sun?

If you were outside today, you may have noticed a giant ring around the sun. That ring is actually the reflection of ice crystals from high cirrus clouds, according to EarthSky.org

The ring was seen all over the area by News10 viewers, including Roseville and Stockton. Did you get a chance to see it?