RIVERSIDE –The National Weather Service reports a chance for scattered heavy rain around the mountains starting today, Wednesday, Aug. 15 through Friday, Aug. 17. The Cranston fire left the ground on the mountaintop scorched with little ability to absorb water. This means that scattered rain can result in more runoff than usual, leading to flooding, mud or debris flows – with little to no warning. There is also a threat of rockfall on steep, burned slopes.
Riverside County officials urge residents and visitors around the Cranston Fire burn area to take the following steps:
- There may be little to no warning before flooding, mud or debris flows occur. Be prepared to evacuate to high ground if you feel you’re in danger.
- Follow all orders by public safety officials. Make sure you receive emergency alerts by signing up for Alert RivCo messages at RivCoReady.org/AlertRivCo .
- Monitor weather reports and consider your safety risk when a weather alert is issued.
- Know your local roads and understand that some may be blocked by debris. Have an alternate route. Never drive or walk into floodwaters or go around barricades. Stay informed of road and highway conditions by visiting the Riverside County Transportation Department’s website at rctlma.org and Caltrans’ website at quickmap.dot.ca.gov.
- Protect your property structures with sandbags. Limited and unfilled quantities are available at your local fire station. If you have active flooding occurring inside your dwelling or you feel you’re in imminent danger, dial 9-1-1.
- Have an emergency plan and a disaster kit ready to go.