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Merced storm update

Mike Conway

Post Date:01/06/2017

The City Manager and staff met this afternoon to receive a storm update and discuss plans should local creeks and streams overflow their banks this weekend.

The major effects of the storm are expected to be felt Sunday evening into Monday as the water flows down from the foothills.

City Manager Steve Carrigan said City staff has gone through the checklists several times to make sure all the boxes were filled in. 'We've done all that we can to be prepared for this one,' he said. His advice: 'Stay home and stay dry.'

The Public Works Director, Fire Chief and Police Chief toured the City's historic flood spots today. Sandbags have been strategically placed in the City at historic flood points. Agencies have been contacted regarding evacuation and emergency housing if needed. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is ready. The creeks were even checked for beaver dams to make sure the water wouldn't get backed up.

Public Works has numerous crews on standby. With winds expected to be 20 mph, gusting to 30 ' tree crews also are on standby. The Merced Fire Department will have a captain ready to serve as a liaison at the Merced County EOC if/when it is activated. Major flooding at Childs Avenue and Hwy 59 is expected due to the volume of rainfall predicted.

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