The city of Sonoma was fortunate not to have experienced any major flooding or hazards because of the atmospheric river on January 4th and 5th. Weather reports show a short break in the rain before another series of storms are expected to bring additional precipitation and periods of stronger winds this weekend and next week. The National weather service has issued a Flood Watch Saturday – Tuesday.
As the rain continues, so do concerns about flooding, downed trees and power outages due to saturated soils. We encourage you to take advantage of this relatively dry spell to prepare for the next round.
Sandbags: We are pleased to report that the City has given out a record number of free sandbags. We are glad that our community took the initiative to be prepared! Due to the increased interest, the City is temporarily out of bags and is expecting delivery of more next week (date TBA). There is still plenty of sand available at the sandbag filling station at Depot Park for those who already have bags.
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.
Warming Station: Homeless Action Sonoma (HAS) is operating a navigation center and warming station at 867 West Napa Street (site of the former Community Café). The center is open from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 a.m. seven days a week, for anyone who needs a place to get out of the wet and cold nights.
Visit our Emergency Preparedness page for more information including an Emergency Supplies Checklist and visit Ready.gov/floods to learn more about how you can protect yourself, your family, and your community in the event of flooding.