Sandbags, emergency resources for stormy weather
The National Weather Service predicts rain and wind in Sonoma Valley and the North Bay today through Sunday, with the heaviest rain and strongest wind expected Thursday night and into Friday.
The Weather Channel reports that winds could reach 22 miles per hour on Friday, with a potential for flooding on Saturday.
The series of three storms could bring up to eight inches of rainfall to the North Bay.
Residents can pick up sandbags at City Hall during regular business hours from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays. Sand will be available free of charge at Depot Park, 270 First St. W.; residents should bring their own shovels.
Friedman’s Home Improvement, 1360 Broadway, sells both sand and sandbags. Store hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.
The city’s emergency sandbag distribution begins when a flood or flash flood watch is posted by the National Weather Service. To check conditions, visit weather.noaa.gov.
PG&E provides a 24-hour emergency services line for reporting downed power lines, power outages and other emergencies. The number is (800) 743-5000. PG&E’s electrical outage information line is (800) 743-5002.
The city’s public works department can be reached at 938-3332 during regular business hours. The non-emergency phone number for Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority is 996-2102.
For emergencies, call 911 or, from cellphones, dial 996-3601.
– Dianne Reber Hart