As weather forecasts show more rainfall for the Central Valley in the coming days, the Merced County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will activate as a precautionary measure.
The EOC activation will allow the Merced County Office of Emergency Services to further prepare for potential flood events with its cities, local irrigation districts, and other partnering agencies.
From Wednesday to Thursday (Jan. 4th - 5th), the National Weather Service is forecasting up to two inches of rain for portions of Merced County, with the possibility of thunderstorms Thursday afternoon. Additionally, high winds and saturated soil could lead to toppled trees.
The current storm system could cause localized flooding along some roadways and heavy flows along local waterways. Mountain travel is highly discouraged due to heavy snow and potential road closures.
Residents are asked to avoid flooded roads, remain clear of fast-moving creeks and rivers, and follow all emergency signage. When driving in the rain, always turn on your headlights.
Sandbags will remain available throughout the County. See Sandbag Locations for more information. To sign up for Merced County emergency alerts, visit the Merced County Emergency Notification System page. Further details about the current storm system, including alerts and safety information, is available at the National Weather Service’s website listed in the resources below.
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