Flood Watch Starts Monday Night — Are You Prepared?

SACRAMENTO -- The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of interior Northern California from Monday night through Thursday night.

Their staff is forecasting a round of heavy rain and some snow hitting inland northern California Tuesday evening through Thursday. Combined with an already soggy month, that could lead to flooding.

“We already have saturated ground, we already have over a half an inch of rain in December, now we’re getting another 5, 6, 7 inches,” said Johnnie Powell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.

Powell says the locations of biggest concern are the mountain areas, places with large burn scars, and of course areas near rivers and creeks .

“We’re not having the big rivers flood yet, but it’s setting up for it,” said Powell.

However, according to Powell, any area can be a flood risk if drainage sites are blocked, so keep leaves and debris clear of storm drains.

Sand bags for water, debris, and erosion management are available at multiple city and county locations across the region. Many provide bags but you may need your own shovel.