Following the Governor’s declaration of a State of Emergency, Merced County proclaimed a local emergency today as it prepares for potential storm impacts.
While no major flooding events have occurred yet in Merced County, the local emergency was proclaimed out of an abundance of caution and to best position local first responders to deal with possible impacts. The proclamation will be brought before the Board of Supervisors during the Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023 meeting for ratification. The action will afford Merced County additional flexibility when managing floodwaters and allow for state/federal reimbursement.
In addition to the proclamation, the Merced County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated today, Jan. 4, 2023, as a precautionary measure. This action allows the EOC to further prepare for potential flood events with its cities, local irrigation districts, and other partnering agencies. The EOC will remain activated until the current weather system subsides.
The upcoming storm system is anticipated to last from tonight through Thursday. The National Weather Service is predicting up to two inches of rain for portions of Merced County with high winds and the possibility of thunderstorms. Following a short break, additional rain events are expected to impact the Central Valley.
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 webpage. 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.