West Sacramento Storm Preparations
During periods of heavy rain, high winds, and increased water flows, the City of West Sacramento coordinates efforts to monitor situation status, respond to conditions, and provide information to the public. Although wind and rain are normal for this time of year, the City conducts the following actions to prepare for storms and possible flooding.
- The Fire Department’s Office of Emergency Services provides continuous monitoring of the weather and river levels; and general situation status.
- Public Works increases staff levels to handle any storm related issues, including downed trees and detours around flooded streets.
- The Police Department conducts patrols along the river to inform the public of potential river levels rising.
- The Reclamation Districts conduct levee patrols as a precautionary effort to monitor levee conditions and during periods of heavy rain monitor the function of the internal drainage system 24 hours a day.
- If you need sandbags to protect your property, they are available at the Port of West Sacramento at 2895 Industrial Blvd. Go to the guard shack to pick up bags. Sand is available at the entrance to the Port near the railroad tracks. The City offers free sandbags (up to 15 per household) and sand to city residents. You can also pick up bags at the Public Works building located at 1915 South River Road. The sand itself is ONLY at the Port on 2895 Industrial Blvd. Residents will need to bring their own shovels for filling the bags.
What Can You Do?
- Register with Yolo Alert to receive messages about important public safety information.
- Keep your cell phones charged.
- Have a flashlight and batteries in case the power goes out.
- Have an emergency kit at home and in your car.
- If you can avoid the river’s edge, currents are generally more swift as the water level rises.
- Never drive through flooded roadways.
To Stay Safe During Flooding Conditions
- Avoid flooded streets and be on the lookout for debris on the roads resulting from strong winds.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you must walk in water, walk where the water is not moving.
- Stay clear of water that is in contact with downed power lines.
- If water has entered a garage or basement, do not walk through it.
- Do not allow children to play around high water, storm drains or any flooded area.
In the event West Sacramento is threatened by potential flooding, please click here to see the map for evacuation routes around the city.
- Information about proper sandbagging.
- For information regarding current river levels, please visit the California Nevada River Forecast Center.