MADERA COUNTY—The Madera County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an Evacuation Warning due to an incoming storm with possible flooding concerns, for the following areas:
Go to http://MaderaAware.com for an interactive map with the current evacuation status.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch in effect from 4 pm Thursday, March 9, through 10 am Sunday, March 12, for locations below 4,000 feet. Excessive rainfall may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, and streams.
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office feels the threat level is elevated enough that an Evacuation Warning is necessary and prudent.
The Sheriff’s Office strongly encourages you to begin gathering important documents, pets, medications, and necessities. Be prepared to leave immediately in case the situation deteriorates.
Don’t wait for an evacuation order to leave if you feel threatened. Those who require additional time to evacuate, and those with pets and livestock should leave now. If you’re in need of evacuation assistance, call (559) 675-7770. If it is an emergency, call 911.
If you stay at your property, rescue or lifesaving assistance might be impossible after the onset of the emergency. You may be stranded for several days.
Deputies are currently going to door to door in the subdivisions impacted by this Evacuation Warning.
* www.mcalert.org to sign up for emergency alerts for your location
The Madera County Sheriff’s Office assures residents that in anticipation of this upcoming weather and potential impacts on our county, we will continue to work collaboratively with our allied partners in the Emergency Operations Center. Our highest priority is to manage this incident robustly and efficiently to mitigate its effects on our community.
For the last several days, County agencies have been meeting to discuss preparation for all aspects of this event. The Office of Emergency Services has deployed resources to prepare sandbag locations, install and monitor river sensors, analyze historical data and models for flooding, and perform physical checks of waterways to evaluate conditions, including flow rates, levels, and clarity. We are also inspecting culverts and bridges, and sending equipment out to remove debris that may compound or result in flooding, and working closely with CALFIRE to mitigate hazards throughout the county.
Sheriff Pogue reflects, “We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation. The extreme conditions amidst ongoing storm activity require a high level of immediate attention. Our community partners have been working tirelessly alongside us both on the front lines and behind the scenes. We ask residents be vigilant as these circumstances progress.”