The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning at 5:19 a.m. Sunday morning, Oct. 24, which currently extends to 3 a.m. Monday morning. The weather service issued its alert when Doppler radar and rain gauges detetected heavy rain moving toward the Dixie Burn Scar. Flash flooding is expected to begin within the next several hours and threatens a number of communities:
Chester, Almanor, Prattville, Lake Almanor West, Lake Almanor Country Club, Canyondam, East Shore, Caribou, Seneca, Belden, Twain, Paxton, Indian Falls, Bald Eagle Mountain, Tobin, Crescent Mills, Storrie, Keddie and Greenville.
Stretches of Highways 36, 70, and 89 in and around the Dixie Burn Scar will also be impacted. This includes the following streams and drainages: Mill Creek, Canyon Creek, West Sulphur Creek, North Fork Feather River, Deer Creek, Willow Creek and Butte Creek.
Excessive rainfall over the burn scar will result in debris flows. The debris flow can consist of rock, mud, vegetation and other loose materials.
The National Weather Service characterized this as life threatening flash flooding and advises that roads and driveways may be washed away in places. If individuals encounter flood waters, they should climb to safety and are encouraged to move away from recently burned areas. According to the alert, life-threatening flooding of creeks, roads and normally dry areas is likely.
The heavy rains will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep terrain, especially in and around these areas. Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.