MOUNTAIN AREA – Communities are on alert this afternoon as rain continues to bear down on the foothills, and the possibility of flash floods remain present, particularly in areas with burn scars.
The Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office has issued the following alert:
The National Weather Service is forecasting significant weather between 1 and 6 p.m. this afternoon, with current models showing 2-5 inches of rain per hour possible.
All of Mariposa County including the Detwiler burn area are in the affected areas. This is significant rainfall combined with lightning and thunder activity.
Mariposa County Unified School District has been notified and are making appropriate arrangements for students to be released immediately. Please contact the school if you have specific questions.
Road conditions can change at anytime so drive safely and watch for water and debris across the roads.
County Road Conditions: http://www.mariposacounty.org/index.aspx?nid=1097
Turn around, don’t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
Move away from recently burned areas. The heavy rains will likely trigger rockslides, mudslides and debris flows in steep terrain, especially in and around these areas.