Officials urging North State residents to prepare for storm

Feb 5, 2015 1:35 PM by News Staff

The North State's unseasonably warm weather is expected to give way to high winds and rain as a winter storm makes its way into the area, and Butte County officials are urging residents to prepare.

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind advisory and a flood watch for much of the North State. The flood watch begins Thursday evening through Friday morning with rainfall amounts of three to six inches expected. The rain may cause rivers and small streams to rise rapidly. The wind advisory begins Friday morning through Saturday morning with winds from 15 mph to 25 mph and gusts to 45 mph in the valley and winds from 20 mph to 30 mph with gust to 70 mph in the mountains.

Officials say residents need to protect property that is prone to flooding, and in Butte County sandbags are available starting Thursday afternoon. Sand and sandbags are available starting Thursday afternoon at County Fire Stations in Palermo and Nord. Sand is also available in Oroville at the City Corp. yard on Mitchell Avenue.

In Tehama County sandbags are available at the Red Bluff Library at 645 Madison Street, the Los Molinos Yard at 8715 Fox Street, the Gerber Yard at 9830 San Benito Ave. and the Corning Fire Station on 5th Street.

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