City of Redding crews are ready to provide residents with sandbags, clear storm drains and keep citizens safe during wet and windy weather expected throughout this week.
Sand and bags will be available around the clock at Redding Fire Station No. 4 on South Bonnyview Road, and the City Corporation Yard on Viking Way, off Old Oregon Trail, north of Highway 44. Residents must fill bags themselves with a limit of 25.
The National Weather Service is forecasting rain through Friday, beginning this evening, coupled with sometimes-gusty winds. That combination can uproot trees more easily in the already saturated soil. Residents should be especially careful to avoid any downed power lines, which can be snapped by wind-blown branches.
To report downed lines, call 245-7000. Motorists also should be alert for streets that might flood suddenly and avoid driving through them. Shallow-looking puddles can be deeper than they appear, causing a car to stall and endangering the driver.
Residents who see City storm drain openings that are clogged with leaves or debris can call the City Storm Drain Utility at 224-6068 at any hour. Residents also are encouraged to check and clear any drainage courses on their own property to avoid flooding. Police, Fire, and Utility crews will be on alert to respond to storm-caused hazards, helping residents as quickly as possible.
The recent rains have caused the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to increase releases into the Sacramento River, causing parts of the Sacramento River Trail and Park Marina Drive under the Cypress Avenue Bridge to become inundated. They will be closed until levels recede. In addition, the Shasta County Sheriff has closed the river to recreational boating until releases are reduced – likely through Sunday, March 27.
-from press release