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The Historic Veteran’s Memorial Hall in Portola is under water back in Feb. 2017. The County is preparing for the possibility of such events later this week as rains meet snow as they did back then. Feather Publishing file photo

Sheriff and OES issue advice in advance of approaching storms and flooding potential

The Plumas County Sheriff’s Office and Office of Emergency Services is preparing for the Winter Storm Watch and Flood Watch issued by the National Weather Service for across Plumas County. If needed, Plumas County is prepared to activate the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to support any crisis that may occur.

Due to the elevated amount of snowfall, Plumas County has received and the incoming storm system which is forecasted to bring rain, there is a possibility for localized flooding, flooding along some roadways, and heavy flows along local waterways. Due to the amount of snow, the rain will follow the path of least resistance and could create flooding in areas where you may not have seen or experienced flooding in the past.

Accumulated snow and possible rain could significantly increase the snow load weight and can strain the structure, increasing the chances of damage or collapse. You should consult a professional to remove snow from your roof before this event. If you choose to clear it yourself (which we do not recommend), please know your capabilities and exercise extreme caution.

Residents are asked to avoid flooded roads, remain clear of fast-moving creeks and rivers, and follow all emergency signage. When driving in the rain, always turn on your headlights.

Winter storms bring cold temperatures, power failures, loss of communication services, and icy roads. To keep yourself and your loved ones safe, you should prepare your home and your car beforehand. Ensure you have food, supplies, gas, etc.

To sign up for Plumas County emergency alerts, visit the Plumas County Emergency Alert System page.

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