DISASTER PREPAREDNESSWinter Storm Update
Public Information: Call (909) 355-8800
The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rainfall late Thursday evening into Friday, with rain up to the 6,000-foot level; meaning rain will melt the snowpack. If the predicated rainfall amounts occur, there is a potential for flooding, along with mud and debris flows and a strong possibility of mudslides in the recent burn areas.
Normally, vegetation absorbs rain, but after a wildfire, the charred ground where that vegetation has been burned away creates a loss of soil strength and can no longer easily absorb rainwater, increasing the risk of flooding and mudflows for several years. Properties directly affected by fires, and those located downstream of burn areas, are most at risk.
Post-fire landslide hazards include fast-moving and highly destructive debris flows. Post-fire debris flows are particularly hazardous because they can occur with little warning, can exert great impulsive loads on objects in their paths, can strip vegetation, block drainage ways, damage structures, and endanger human life. Wildfires could potentially result in the destabilization of pre-existing deep-seated landslides over long time periods.
Effective at 8:00 am Friday, the Evacuation Order has been downgraded to an Evacuation Warning. The warning is still in effect due to rain predicted for the remainder of the day. Thank You to those who evacuated promptly.
An Evacuation Order has been issued for the following communities due to the possibility of flooding and debris flow based on expected rainfall with the incoming storm: Mountain Home Village, northeast Yucaipa and Oak Glen. These areas are of concern due to the El Dorado Fire burn scar. Red Cross is operating a temporary evacuation point at Redlands East Valley High School at 31000 E Colton Ave, Redlands, CA 92374.
The Red Cross will be virtual during the Evacuation Order and available at 571-595-7771.
Click HERE for a map of the evacuation areas.
An Evacuation Warning has been issued for the following communities due to the potential for flash flooding based on expected rainfall with the incoming storm: Mountain Home Village, northeast Yucaipa and Oak Glen. These areas are of concern due to the El Dorado Fire burn scar.
Large animals will be accepted at the Devore Animal Shelter, 19777 Shelter Way in San Bernardino, (909) 386-9820.
The City of Yucaipa is working closely with San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department, Yucaipa PD, San Bernardino County Fire, and the Red Cross to provide accurate and up to date information on the rain storm forecasted for Thursday night, 1/28/21, to Friday 1/29/21.
The City of Yucaipa will share information on its social media pages as it becomes available. Follow us on Social Media for immediate updates: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CityofYucaipaCA, Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cityofyucaipa/, Twitter: https://twitter.com/CityofYucaipa
City of Yucaipa Road Closure Map
- Create a plan. Use the Ready!Set!Go! Find the Flood Preparation brochure here:https://www.sbcfire.org/Programs/ReadySetGoFlood.aspx
- Obtain sandbags. Sandbags can be extremely effective when used properly. Sandbags do not guarantee a water-tight seal, but properly placed sandbags can help redirect water, mud and debris away from your home. The City of Yucaipa is providing sandbags for residents at the three Fire Station sites:
- Fire Station No. 551, 11416 Bryant Street, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (909) 797-1000
- Fire Station No. 552, 32664 Yucaipa Boulevard, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (909) 797-2313
- Fire Station No. 553, 34259 Wildwood Canyon Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399 (909) 795-3048
- Sandbags are also available at a staging area located at the northeast corner of Ivy Avenue and Jefferson Street in the North Bench area of the City.
- Stay up to date on information.
- Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS) https://www.sbcounty.gov/TENS . Register to receive emergency text messages on your cell phone. Those without internet connections can sign up by calling 211 or (909) 980-2857 for assistance in registering.
- National Weather Service http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/sgx/ to see current and upcoming weather events.
- Follow us on social media https://www.facebook.com/CityofYucaipaCA
Do you know how to properly utilize sandbags? Properly placed sandbags can help redirect water, mud and debris away from your home. Bags should be filled with heavy-bodied or sandy soil, avoid fine sand and rocky soils. They should be filled one-half to two-thirds full and in most instances be left untied. This allows the sand inside the sandbag to move and mold with the ground or other sandbags when they are laid on top of each other, preventing gaps where water can seep through. The Army Corps of Engineers gives detailed instructions on how to best place sandbags, so they are most effective:
- Remove any debris from the areas where bags are to be place.
- Place the bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of flow. Fill the low spots first before placing bags the full length of the area to be raised.
- Place the sandbags to redirect water, mud or debris, not dam it.
- Do not place sandbags directly against the outer wall of a building. Wet bags can create added pressure on the foundation.
- Fold the open end of the bag under the filled portion. Place succeeding bags with the bottom of the bag tightly and partially overlapping the previous bag.
- Offset adjacent rows or layers by one-half bag length to avoid continuous joints.
- To eliminate voids and form a tight seal, compact and shape each bag by walking on it and continue the process as each layer is placed. This flattens the top of the bag and prevents slippage between succeeding layers.
- Sandbags can best be used to help protect doorways if a waterproof layer like heavy plastic or waterproof canvas is placed behind them. If possible, tape it to the door frame. Stack the sandbags in a pyramid formation, following the above instructions, and wrap the plastic up and over the top. The waterproof sheeting is always essential for protection of doorways.
- Keep in mind, sandbags DO NOT guarantee a water-tight seal, but following these instructions can help you more effectively protect your home and property.
- The County of San Bernardino offers free sandbags and sand throughout the county, and officials strongly urge residents to use this resource. However, County fire stations maintain only a limited supply of sandbags to be used during an emergency. Homeowners should not depend on that supply. Sand and sandbags can also be purchased at many home improvement and hardware stores. Purchase sandbags early and make them a part of your emergency supplies so they will be available if you need them.
- The Public Information Line is (909)355-8800
- During the Evacuation Warning the Red Cross will be available at (571)595-7771.
- El Dorado/Apple Fire Burn Area Information https://burnareainfo.sbcounty.gov/
- ReadySB App http://www.ReadySB.com provides residents with multiple resources that will assist them in preparing for a disaster such as flooding.