Cue the rain patrol: Another wet, windy storm arrives in the Sacramento region

The new year has proven to be a wet one for Sacramento, and another storm event is expected to hit the region Monday afternoon.

This week’s storm likely will bring several inches of rain to Sacramento with the greatest impact occurring Monday afternoon through Tuesday evening, according to the National Weather service.

The City has tiered plans in place to respond effectively to the storms and will increase response as necessary to ensure the safety of residents.

“The City is positioned to quickly respond to all hazards and ensure public safety,” said Daniel Bowers, Director of Emergency Management.

The City’s Department of Utilities will implement its “rain patrol” this evening to respond to clogged drains and any localized flooding. In addition, the City’s Department of Utilities Operations Center will be activated to coordinate storm response.

This storm event likely will be more wet than windy, Bowers said.

“Despite the current wind advisory, we are not expecting significant concerns related to downed trees or power lines at this time,” he said.

According to the national weather service,  Sacramento since Oct. 1 has received more than 13 inches of rain, which is 104 percent of normal for this time of year.

The City of Sacramento is asking residents to prepare for the inclement weather in several ways.

  1. Prepare for the commute.  Drivers are urged to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel and watch for loose debris on the roads like tree branches. Residents are asked to mitigate travel during peak commute hours
  2. Secure loose debris around your home. Residents should remove loose objects outside such as lawn furniture.
  3. Report any street flooding or traffic signals out. Call 311 to report street flooding, trees down or traffic signals out. Crews are on-hand to respond to requests. Power outages should be reported to SMUD by calling 1-888-456-SMUD (7683).
  4. Call 911 in case of emergencies.