See swift-water rescues and more at the ‘Highwater Jamboree’ flood prep event

The City of Sacramento on Oct. 19 will hold its second annual flood preparedness event, recently renamed the Highwater Jamboree.

Attendees will be able to interact with flood equipment, watch swift-water rescues and sandbagging competitions and learn how to prepare for storm and flood events at interactive stations.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miller Regional Park, is part of the City’s year-round effort to keep citizens educated and prepared for inclement weather.

The event is named after a “high-water mark,” a term that describes the highest known elevation of a body of water during a flood.

“Our aim is to make preparing for storm events like second nature,” said City Director of Emergency Manager Daniel Bowers. “If education is too dry, people won’t absorb it. So events like this one are great ways for citizens to see how the region prepares and to take note for themselves as well.”

Among the heavy equipment City departments and partnering agencies will have on display include a police helicopter, fire trucks, rescue boats and “the Claw,” a vehicle that the City uses to clean up leaves and other debris during leaf season.

Attendees can also sign up for emergency alerts and enjoy food trucks. Families and pets are welcome at the event and parking is free.

The event is held in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, California Department of Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board.

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