This afternoon the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office issued a Code Red alert this afternoon Oct. 23 due to the HIGH likelihood of a flash flood. The areas of particular concern are Greenville, Indian Valley, Genesee Valley, the Feather River Canyon and Quincy La Porte Road.
The National Weather Service has indicated the incoming storm now has a HIGH likelihood to trigger a Flash Flood/Debris Flow Warning for portions of the Dixie Fire and other fire burn scars, bringing as much as 10” of rain to some areas and 50+ mph winds.
If you are within the Dixie Fire burn scar, North Complex burn scar, Beckwourth Complex burn scar or other impacted areas, you may be at a high risk of debris flows and flash flooding due to heavy rain. A Flash Flood Warning will not be issued by the NWS until flash flooding is imminent.
Flash Flood/Debris Flow Warning is a dangerous and life-threatening situation. Due to the dynamic nature of debris flow and flash flood events, residents should not wait for an evacuation order to act. If generalized flooding conditions exist at the time of the Flash Flood/Debris Flow Warning, the area may be expanded to cover additional locations downstream of the fire perimeter.
If you are in the impacted area or are located near a waterway downstream from the impacted area, you should be prepared to immediately evacuate to high ground, if an evacuation notice from the Sheriff or a Flash Flood/Debris Flow Warning from NWS is issued. IMPORTANT: If you see any evidence of soil instability in your area don’t try to evacuate, instead move to the second floor of your home.
Call 911 if you see any evidence of flash flooding, soil instability or debris flow in your localized area.
Currently, our chief areas of concern in Plumas County are Greenville, Indian Valley, Genesee Valley, the Feather River Canyon and Quincy La Porte Road. This does NOT mean other areas will not be impacted. If you are in a low-lying area and/or have experienced flooding in past years (such as 2017) you should stay alert to changing conditions and be ready to move to higher ground at a moment’s notice.
In the event a Flash Flood/Debris Flow Warning is issued, AND there is local evidence of imminent debris flow, then PCSO may issue an Evacuation Order to Immediately Proceed to High Ground for the area experiencing the debris flow.
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