Weather Awareness: Another Round of Rainstorms Expected this Weekend

Posted on February 15, 2024

A weather graphic showing a map of the bay area in a range of colors that correspond to the amount of rain each location is expected to receive.

According to the most recent update from the National Weather Service, the Bay Area is expected to encounter another round of storms during the upcoming weekend. Although the winds are not projected to be as destructive as those witnessed earlier this month on February 4th, the saturated ground raises the potential for nuisance flooding, fallen branches and trees, as well as isolated power outages. Specifically, the City of Sonoma is forecasted to receive rainfall ranging from 2 to 4 inches starting Saturday and continuing through Wednesday, with a Flood Watch issued beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday – 10:00 a.m. Wednesday.

How to Prepare

  • Clear storm drains and gutters
  • Charge all electronic devices
  • Prepare Sandbags
    • Free sandbags are now available to City residents at City Hall during normal business hours, limit 10 bags per resident while supplies last. Additional bags are available for at  Friedman’s Home Improvement Center (1360 Broadway).
    • Free sand is also available to City residents in the parking lot at Depot Park (270 1st ST W). The sandbag filling station at Depot Park is self-serve; please bring your own shovel.  Read our Sandbag Instructions to learn how to fill, stack, and construct sandbags properly.
    • Find additional sandbag filing station locations and county road closure information on the SoCoEmergency website.

How to report localized flooding or hazards

To report flooding, downed trees that are not blocking a roadway or other hazards in Sonoma city limits:

  • During regular business hours Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. call the City of Sonoma Public Works Department at 707-938-3332.
  • After regular business hours call the Sonoma Police Department Non-Emergency Dispatch at 707-996-3601.

For emergencies that pose a threat to life and/or property, such as a downed power line, or downed trees blocking a roadway, always dial 9-1-1.

Stay informed: Check the forecast regularly and listen to local news or NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about any watches and warnings that are issued.

Visit our Emergency Preparedness page for more information including an Emergency Supplies Checklist and visit and SoCoEmergency to learn more about how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community in the event of flooding.

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