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2017.02.08 Storm Press Release

TODAY’S DATE: February 8, 2017
 
RELEASE DATE: Immediate
 
TITLE: Upcoming Storms
 
CONTACT: Steven Palmer, PE Director of Public Works/City Engineer
                    spalmer@cityofsthelena.org or 707-968-2624
 
ST. HELENA, CA – The National Weather Service is predicting a significant winter storm in our area early Thursday morning, and continuing throughout the day.  The City has made sand and sand bags available to residents at the eastern end of Adams Street near Library Lane, and at Crane Park.
 
In preparation, the City has verified local bridge conditions, inspected Napa River floodwall and levee, maintained pumps at Napa River detention basin.  City staff will continuously monitor local streets, creeks, Napa River, floodwall, levee, and bridges for potential problems, and monitor projected creek and river levels at https://napa.onerain.com/home.php.
 
Residents are reminded to take the following actions to prepare for winter storms:
 
Prepare
· Clear drains, rain gutters and downspouts of debris.
· Trim trees and landscaping as needed to ensure that branches and limbs are clear of your structure and clear from overhead power lines (Contact Pacific Gas and        Electric if trees have grown over or around power lines on your property).
· Inspect your roof for any signs of damage or needed repairs. Make repairs before leaks start.
· Stabilize slopes on your property to prevent erosion.
· Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items from causing damage during periods of heavy winds.
· Use sand bags in areas known for flooding around your property:
 
Make plans
· Make a family emergency plan. Check out the Napa County Emergency Services website for guidelines at www.http://www.countyofnapa.org/emergencies
· Subscribe to Napa County's NIXLE service from their website at https://local.nixle.com/city/ca/napa/ or by texting your Zip Code to 888777 to get text community           messages and/or emergency notifications.
· Have an emergency preparedness kit:
· Stock up on food, water and medicine so you don’t have to go out during the storms.
· Don’t forget about your pet’s needs. Stock up on their food and medicine too and make sure their ID tags are up to date.
· Check on your elderly neighbors to see if they need any assistance with storm preparations.
 
Be flood smart
· Monitor creek and river levels at https://napa.onerain.com/home.php.
· Stay away from rising creeks, streams, and rivers.
· Don’t drive through water on the roadway.
· Be aware of your surroundings and know your evacuation routes.
· If you live in a flood prone area, consider buying flood insurance.
· During threatening weather, listen to local radio or TV news channels for watch and warning bulletins.
 
Online Resources
· Napa County Emergency Services - http://www.countyofnapa.org/emergencies
· NOAA El Nino Portal - http://www.elnino.noaa.gov
· Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - http://www.fema.gov
 
Phone Numbers
· Emergency – 911
· Police Non-Emergency - (707) 967-2850
· Public Works; report flooding, debris, fallen trees in the public right of way - (707) 968-2658
· Pacific Gas & Electric; power outage, downed power line, gas leak - (800) 743-5000
 
For more information, please contact Steven Palmer, PE Director of Public Works/City Engineer at  spalmer@cityofsthelena.org or 707-968-2624.
 

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2017.02.08 Storm Press Release