Local Officials Urge Preparedness

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(Sacramento, CA)
Friday, December 30, 2005

Sacramento Metropolitan Fire Captain Steve Turner says sandbags are a good idea for residents who live in hilly neighborhoods. 

"If you’re in a low lying area you know that street drains can fill up and that water can back fill in through your driveway or something else just by the natural landscape of your home then yeah, you do want to be prepared with sandbags."

The City of Sacramento has opened two sandbag distribution centers: one at the Pannell Meadowview Community Center on Meadowview Road in South Sacramento, the other at the Robertston Community Center on Norwood Avenue in North Sacramento.

Fire Captain Turner says people should come up with a family plan about where to go in case of flooding.

"If you do have a flooding emergency and you have to use a different access route to get home, the street you normally go on is flooded, is there another way to get there and how do you do that safely."

Turner says this isn’t the time to be boating or kayaking. He says people should stay away from local rivers, streams and drainage canals which are all running high and cold and contain debris.