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Posted on: November 29, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Storm Update - Widespread Rain Returns November 30th - December 4th

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Dry weather will prevail through much of Wednesday, November 30th. Widespread rain will the approach the North Bay late Wednesday night with the bulk of rainfall moving through the Bay Area and Central Coast on Thursday. Mostly dry on Friday before more rain this weekend.

 

·       Mon (11/28)

o   Day: sunny with a high of 61.  Winds 6 – 15 MPH and gusts to 23 MPH.

o   Night: clear with a low of 39.  Winds 7 – 11 PPH and gusts to 22 MPH.

·       Tues (11/29)

o   Day: sunny with a high of 60.  Calm winds becoming 5 – 7 MPH in the afternoon.

o   Night: mostly clear with a low of 39. Calm winds becoming 5 MPH after midnight

·       Wed (11/30)

o   Day: mostly sunny with a high of 60.  Winds becoming 5 – 9 MPH in the morning.

o   Night: mostly cloudy with 60% chance of rain after 2200 and a low of 46.  New precipitation 0.25 – 0.50”.

·       Thurs (12/1)

o   Day: 90% chance of rain mainly before 1600 and a high of 59.

o   Night: partly cloudy with a chance of rain mainly before 2200 and a low of 39.

·       Fri (12/2)

o   Day: mostly sunny with a high of 58.

o   Night: partly cloudy with a chance of rain mainly after 0400 a low of 40.

·       Sat (12/3)

o   Day: partly sunny with rain likely with a high of 58.

o   Night: mostly cloudy with rain likely and a low of 43.


For additional resources, see the links below:



 

Special Advisory to Residents in Low-Lying Areas

Mill Valley has had a history of experiencing localized flooding in low-lying areas. If you live in an area that has a history of flooding, it is highly recommended that you be proactive now and stay alert.  

  • Monitor the local creek and tide levels. 
  • Consider moving personal belongings to higher ground, including vehicles.
  • Avoid walking in flood waters as this could pose a threat of injury or death.  
  • If present, avoid down power lines.  
  • If conditions worsen, the Fire Department recommends you shelter in place.

PREPARE FOR THE STORM

  • Secure garbage cans, lawn furniture or anything that could become airborne and cause damage. 
  • Clean out gutters, storm drains, etc. (keeping drains clear of trash, leaves and branches) so rainwaters can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding.
  • Commuters who travel in areas with a history of flooding are advised to monitor high tides. Check traffic conditions prior to your trip to anticipate congestion. Road closures are often posted by the Mill Valley Police Department on Twitter.
  • Please be advised to keep out of creeks and waterways during the storm.
  • Sign up for alerts and warnings.

Power Outages/Downed Power Lines

Residents are advised of possible downed trees and power lines. Report downed power lines by calling 9-1-1 and PGE at 1-800-743-5002. Stay away from the downed powerlines and assume they are energized and dangerous. 

  • Check to make sure you have batteries, fully charged back-up battery packs for your devices, and a battery powered radio.
  • Recharge your laptop computer, cell phone, and other mobile devices as a precaution against a power outage.
  • Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member.
  • Freeze water bottles or bags of water for food storage if the power goes out.
  • Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Make sure you can open your garage door if the power goes out.

If the power goes out:

If you see a downed power line call 911 immediately. For more safety information about downed power lines visit PG&E's website here.

Traffic & Road Closures

Flooding or fallen trees may cause traffic back-ups and road closures. Check our Road Closures and Traffic page for updates.

Drive with Caution: 

  • When driving in the rain, use extra caution and always have your headlights on. Remember, if you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights.
  • Please obey the speed limits and follow other traffic at a safe distance.
  • If traffic signals are out or flashing red, come to a full stop at every intersection, and proceed as you would at a four-way stop.

Stock up on Sandbags

We urge residents to take preparedness measures by seeking sand and sandbags should they need them. Watch a video on how to fill and place sandbags.

Sand and bags can be purchased at local hardware stores. Sand and sandbags may also be located at the following locations:*

*These locations have limited stockpiles of sand and sandbags for emergency use during the rainy season. To use these stockpiles, you must supply your own labor, shovels and support.

Please note that the safety of Mill Valley citizens is the first priority of City work crews, and that replenishing the sand pile and bags may become a lower priority during a storm event. If you have questions or comments please call Department of Public Works at 388-4033 or the Fire Department at 389-4130. 

Mudslides 

Please also be aware that precipitation can increase the potential for mudslides on steeper terrain. If you see significant runoff on a slope that is not typically used for drainage, it could be due to a blockage or diversion of water from its regular course somewhere upstream. Please report these instances to Public Works at (415) 384-4800. If you feel that the situation constitutes an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

Tides

High tides, combined with high run-off sometimes leads to flooding on lower Miller Avenue and Camino Alto, as well as the Redwood Hwy Frontage Road. Please click here for High Tide information.

How to stay informed during winter storms? 

Sign up for alerts and warnings. We will post regular updates to the www.cityofmillvalley.org website.

Businesses Preparation Resources

Preparing your business is important - visit the Ready Marin "Ready Business Program" website to learn more.

Thank you to all our public safety personnel (Fire, Police, Public Works, and agency partners) for keeping us safe. 

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