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Posted on: December 30, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Storm Safety Tips

Floods Happen Fast

Rain is here. Take steps to be prepared and stay safe.

Costa County Public Works crews have closed several roads because of the flooding. See the latest road closures in the County here.:

Please avoid unnecessary travel and stay home if possible. If you need to drive, check traffic reports before heading out the door. Slow down, leave extra space between vehicles and watch out for flooding on roadways. Keep both hands on the wheel and leave your headlights on. Stay away from driving through standing water - TURN AROUND, DON'T DROWN.

Please stay away from downed power lines and assume they are energized and extremely dangerous. Report downed power lines to 911 and PG&E at 1-800-743-5002. See PG&E's power outage map for updates. See tips to Prepare For A Power Outage (PDF) and Preparándose Para Un Apagón in Spanish (PDF).

Check your property for clogged drains, fallen trees/limbs, and other trouble spots. If you need sandbags, here are locations where you can find them. Here's how to prepare for flooding:

Register to get emergency alerts via cell phone, email, and landline with the Contra Costa County Community Warning System at On this website, click on "Know Your Zone" to learn in advance what evacuation zone you're in.

Here is more information on emergency alerts and resources.

Need help and resources? Call 211, text "HOPE" to 20121, or visit

Follow us on Twitter at @CCCounty for more updates (you can see posts without a login).

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