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Press Release

City of Tracy Prepares for Major Storm

Residents urged to take precaution and call-in emergencies

Posted: Dec 10, 2014
Location: Tracy, Calif.

The City of Tracy is preparing for a major storm that is expected to hit Northern California as early as Wednesday, December 10th and continuing into Friday, December 12th. Heavy rain and powerful gusts of wind are anticipated which will likely bring about widespread power outages, downed trees and branches, and moderate flooding.

The greatest impact of the storm is anticipated Wednesday night through Thursday, with possible thunderstorms on Friday. Rain is expected to fall one to three inches in the valley, two to five inches in the foothills, and snow fall is expected to be one to two feet above 6000-feet, with possible wind gusts of greater than 60 miles per hour.

During the storm, motorists are being urged to plan ahead and allow extra time for travel, drive with caution at moderate speeds, watch for fallen tree branches and limbs, and make sure not to drive over any fallen power lines.

“The City of Tracy works year-round to prepare for winter storms like the one arriving this week,”stated Public Works Director, David Ferguson. “Precautions are being made to prevent and limit localized flooding; City crews are ready to respond to storm related incidents.”

The City of Tracy is urging the public to apply the following the safety precautions to lessen the impact of the storm:
  • Clear leaves and debris from the street and sidewalk in front of your homes or businesses to prevent flooding. Place leaves on your lawn until your anticipated pick-up day.
  • Contact the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300 to report downed trees or flooding. During evenings and weekends, please dial the non-emergency line at (209) 831-6550.
  • Call 9-1-1 to report life threatening emergencies or situations involving serious injuries.
  • Do not approach down utility lines; assume they are always energized.
  • For information on power outages, you may contact Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) at 1-800-743-5002.
  • All drivers need to treat signaled intersections as four-way stops if the power is out.
  • If you are in a minor collision, and you are able, pull to the side of the roadway to prevent any additional collisions, damage, or injury.
  • Stay away from flooded parking lots, parks and retention ponds. They may be drowning hazards.
  • Have sand bags ready if your property tends to flood. Sand bags are available by contacting the Department of Public Works at (209) 831-6300.
  • Establish a home emergency plan. Visit Ready.Gov for more information.
  • Follow the City of Tracy on Twitter (@cityoftracy) and/or Nixle (https://local.nixle.com/city/ca/tracy/) to receive real-time electronic updates on events and incidents occurring throughout Tracy.
The City is also calling on community volunteers to assist with keeping storm drains in their neighborhoods or business areas free of debris to prevent flooding and polluting of local waterways. Volunteers may help by joining the “Maintain-A-Drain” Campaign by contacting the Public Works Department at (209) 831-6300. Participants will receive a kit which includes a rain poncho, leaf rake, safety vest, and plastic bags.
For general questions or to report a non-emergency incident, the public may contact the City of Tracy, Public Works Department. Business hours are 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. with every other Friday closed. After regular business hours, the public may contact the non-emergency line at (209) 831-6550 to report a problem.
For more information on weather conditions, please visit National Weather Service, Sacramento.
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