A series of wet winter storms are targeting northeastern California over the next five days according to National Weather Service forecasters, with the heaviest precipitation leading to a chance of flooding along the Susan River Monday and Tuesday.
On Thursday the flood threat prompted local emergency management agencies to issue a warning, announcing that for the third time this year that Susanville residents need to prepare for a rising waters.
Today will bring another round of mountain snow and valley rain with a break Saturday afternoon through Sunday. A much stronger storm arrives late Sunday night and will last until Tuesday.
According to forecasters the system arriving early next week will bring significant precipitation amounts. Snow levels remain uncertain and will have the ability to greatly affect the potential for runoff and flooding.
With saturated soil in lower elevations and exceptionally deep snowpack at higher elevations, meteorologists say that even small amounts of precipitation could create renewed flooding concerns. The main flooding concerns will continue to be along smaller streams, areas of poor drainage and main stem rivers in northeast California including the Susan River, the Pit River and Middle Fork of the Feather River, which have already seen flooding this past week.
On Thursday the Susanville City Fire Department released a list of locations that Susanville, and residents in other areas of Lassen County, can go to fill their sandbags.
The joint press release, issued by Lassen County and the City of Susanville, explained that emergency services are preparing additional emergency supplies and are prepared to deploy as needed. If residents feel their situation warrants an emergency response they are asked to call 911. Responders will assess the situation and take appropriate action.
“Residents are highly encouraged to take every opportunity to prepare before Sunday evening,” the release continued. “Our region will likely have significant impacts once again beginning early Monday morning and lasting throughout the day. We ask that you leave all mitigation measures in place as the outlook continues to be wet for our region.”
Residents who wish to get sandbags before the storm arrives can do so by purchasing them from a local hardware or farm supply store. Sand has been provided for use at the following self-serve locations:
City of Susanville Residents
Susanville Fire Department
1505 Main St
County of Lassen Residents
Susan River Fire District – Johnstonville Station
Hwy 395 I Johnstonville Rd
Janesville Fire District – Main Station
Main St/ Sears Rd
Lassen County Road Department – Standish Yard
Lassen County Road Department – Doyle Yard
Lassen County Road Department – Bieber Yard
Lassen County Road Department – Westwood Yard
Hwy 36 and A-21
Milford Community Center
For more information you can always find current conditions at LassenWeatherNetwork.com.