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Wet weather here all week

Mike Conway

Post Date:01/05/2016

El Nino storms officially have arrived

El Nino is officially upon us, according to the National Weather Service, having drenched Merced more than a half inch of rain in the last 48 hours.

More rain is expected throughout the week and in the months ahead. If you haven't prepared, it's not too late. If you have potential for flooding there is sand and sandbags available.

Sand locations can be found on the City website under the Public Works Department heading. Look under Storm Information.

There is a map showing the locations where sand is available 24-7. A limited supply of sandbags can be obtained at the Central Fire Station at 99 E. 16th St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Sandbags can also be purchased at home improvement stores.

The link to the Storm Information page is

Also with the sand and sandbag information are links to the Nation Weather forecasts and also information tracking local streams including Bear Creek and Black Rascal Creek.

Be extra careful when you are driving in the rain:

  • Drive with headlights on.

  • Stay alert for vehicle hydroplaning.

  • Apply brakes more slowly; they may pull.

  • Leave extra distance between your car and the next motorist.
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