As heavy rainfall continues, City advises residents to stay at home and avoid driving, opens two sandbag locations

As the Sacramento region continues to experience heavy rainfall and some local streets become inundated with water, the City is advising residents to stay at home and avoid driving until 4 a.m. Monday, Oct. 25, unless there is an emergency.

In addition, the City has opened two locations where resident can fill sandbags should they need them. Sandbag locations are self-serve and are open until midnight tonight. A maximum of 12 bags will be offered per vehicle. Sandbags are available at the City Corporation Yard at 918 Del Paso Road and the City Corporation Yard at 5730 24th St.

According to the Department of Water Resources, Sacramento has received 4.65 inches of precipitation in the last 24 hours. A 200-year storm level, which has a .5 percent chance of occurring in any given year, is estimated to occur at 4.60 inches.

Current forecasts predict an average of an additional 0.10 to 0.15 inches of rain per hour for the next four hours, from 8 p.m. Sunday until midnight. Precipitation is expected at levels under 0.10 inches per hour from midnight Monday until 7 a.m. Monday.

Overall, there have been no observed issues with levees within the city, officials said. There also has been no impact to the City’s drinking water. The City’s storm-drain facilities and assets continue to work at 100 percent capacity.

However, because of the onslaught of precipitation, some localized flooding is occurring throughout the city as parts of City’s system contend with flows that are beyond its capacity.

“With the predicted precipitation over the next few hours, localized flooding, which is largely on streets, will not abate immediately,” said Assistant City Manager Hector Barron. “While the amount of rainfall from this storm is historic, the maintenance work the City has done on its levees and flood control systems has put us in a much stronger position, as has the newly constructed McKinley Water Vault, which reached its capacity earlier this evening, storing six million gallons of water that otherwise would have gone onto city streets.”

City crews continue to work 24 hours a day to minimize the impacts of the storm.