Placer readies for stormy weekend

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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AUBURN CA - With from 6-8 inches of rain expected to fall in a storm that should last through Sunday, Placer County is piling up sandbags at several locations in case of flooding.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch through Sunday afternoon and the county is putting out sand as well as sandbags for residents of unincorporated areas to utilize.

County Executive Officer David Boesch said many of the county’s departments have been busy all week preparing for the forecasted storms and will have crews working through the weekend to help where needed.

Preventative measures have been taking place well ahead of the storm season, Boesch said. The county Flood Control and Water Conservation District recently completed its annual effort to remove debris and other obstructions from local creeks that are prone to flooding, he said.

And the county Public Works Department has been keeping ahead of tree and vegetation maintenance to ensure fewer trees fall onto roads or across power and telephone lines, the county said in a statement issued Thursday.

“In Placer County, we anticipate rainfall accumulations that will be significant,” Placer County Assistant Director of Emergency Services Rui Cunha said. “At this point, we don’t anticipate major flooding, but the potential is there for streams to overflow their banks.”

Sandbag locations in the Auburn area are:

  • The Placer County Fire station at 11645 Atwood Road, North Auburn
  • Higgins Fire Station, 10106 Combie Road in South Nevada County
  • Placer Hills fire station, 16999 Placer Hills Road, Meadow Vista
  • Ophir’s Placer County fire station, 9405 Wise Road
  • Penryn fire station, 7206 Church St., Penryn.

National Weather Service meteorologist Johnnie Powell said Thursday afternoon that 5 inches of rain was expected by Sunday in the Sacramento Valley while farther up in the foothills, in areas like Auburn, predictions are for 6 to 8 inches.