During the stormy and wet weather, please remember to keep storm drains clear from leaves and debris to avoid flooding. Sandbags are available to Union City residents 24/7 (5 sandbags per resident) at the City Corporation Yard at 34650 7th St., while supplies last.
No California county is immune from the risk of flooding. In the past 10 years alone, there have been three large-scale, widespread, Federally declared flood disasters in California. During that time, California residents filed more than 20,000 flood insurance claims and received more than 244 million dollars in flood insurance payments.
California’s winter rainy season lasts through March. FEMA offers the following tips to prepare for winter flooding:
Before the Storm
- Have a safety kit with drinking water, a first aid kit, canned food, radio, flashlight, and blankets ready to go.
- Know safe routes from home, work, and school on high ground.
- Protect your property. Make sure that your flood insurance policy is up to date.
During the Storm
- Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
- Do not try to walk across running water more than six inches deep.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If your car stalls, abandon it immediately—if you can—and seek higher ground.
After the Storm
- Do not turn electricity back on in your home if you smell gas or if the electrical system has been flooded.
- Clean and disinfect everything that was touched by floodwaters or mudflows and throw out any such foodstuffs.
- Follow directions from local officials regarding the safety of drinking water.