Flood Plan


EMERGENCY EVACUATION PROCEDURES

Clarksburg Fire Protection District
52906 Clarksburg Avenue
Clarksburg, CA 95612
Telephone: (916) 744-1700


INTRODUCTION

This brochure has been written with a firm belief in the Boy Scout motto, Be prepared. In an impending disaster this brochure may serve as a checklist for the numerous items that need to be taken care of prior to and during a critical period.


WARNING STAGE

When the water in Sacramento River has reached 16 ft. at Clarksburg, the Reclamation District #999 will advise the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services (OES) that the water has reached the WARNING STAGE. This stage is generally not call for alarm and your Reclamation District Levee Patrol Coordinator may activate their levee patrol procedures at this time. Should you observe any abnormal situation relating to the levees or water, call your Reclamation District office.

The Evacuation Coordinator in the Fire Department is the point of contact for any information pertinent to an evacuation. Evacuation Leaders will contact individuals within their area if an evacuation becomes necessary. Questions concerning evacuation should be directed to the Fire Department.


WARNING RECOMMENDATIONS include:

  1. Putting your company employees on ALERT.
  2. IDENTIFYING equipment that should be evacuated.
  3. Ensuring that the equipment is READY TO MOVE and learn where your equipment evacuation parking area is located.

FLOOD STAGE

The FLOOD STAGE is 24 ft. on the Clarksburg Marina staff. Flood stage increases our level of alert. It is recommended that levee patrols become a 24 hr per day operation.


DANGER STAGE

The DANGER STAGE is reached when the water at Clarksburg reaches 25 ft, or trouble develops within the Reclamation District. Yolo County OES will be advised and the following additional steps taken.

  1. Levee patrol should continue at a minimum of four times a day.
  2. People within the District will be notified that the DANGER STAGE has been declared and should be prepared to evacuate.
  3. Engine powered equipment may be moved to the designated evacuation storage areas.
  4. When the DANGER STAGE is declared, the since they lack mobility, the infirm and disabled should be evacuated to a safe area.
  5. The Reclamation District office will be staffed 24 hours per day.

EVACUATION

When levee failure and/or flooding are imminent, you will be informed that an evacuation is in progress by the Fire Department Evacuation Leaders in your area. You may be contacted by telephone, and if unable to reach you by telephone, you may be contacted in person. It is, therefore, important during the DANGER STAGE and EVACUATION to keep your telephone lines open.

The town of CLARKSBURG is defined as Riverview Drive to the east, Willow Point Road on the north, Willow Ave south to Clarksburg Road, west to 146B, south to Elk Slough (including 52333 Netherlands Ave.)and east to the River. The evacuation of Clarksburg will be carried out in the following manner:

  1. The fire siren will sound a steady tone.
  2. Residents will be notified by a volunteer to evacuate. Take only irreplaceable possessions and leave.
  3. The initial warning to evacuate may be followed by door-to-door notification.
  4. Husick Hardware, if available, may be set up as a local clinic and safe house for the infirm and injured.
  5. The Sheriff and the Yolo County Office of Emergency Services will be requested to establish controlled access to protect personal property and to swear in Volunteer Disaster Service Workers.

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS

  1. The Fire Chief might request that Yolo County restrict access into the evacuated area. The Sheriff’s office will then limit access in accordance with their procedures.
  2. Safe passage out of the area can be made via the Paintersville Bridge near Courtland, the Freeport Bridge or via West Sacramento. (See Exhibit A)

EQUIPMENT EVACUATION

Evacuation parking areas have been designated for powered equipment in some of the Reclamation Districts. Due to limited space, only powered equipment will be allowed in these parking areas. The evacuation leader in your precinct will direct you to your designated equipment storage area.

WHAT YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE A FLOOD

Losses due to flooding can be insured through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The contents of buildings, including rental units, are also insurable. Maintain a room-by-room inventory of the insured contents, including receipts and proof of purchase.

Keep a portable radio, emergency cooking equipment, and jugs of potable water and flash- lights accessible and in serviceable condition.

Immediately Before the Flood — Prepare!

Consider your family’s safety before you worry about possessions. If, and ONLY if time permits, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve prior to vacating. Do not touch any electrical equipment while standing in water. Move valuable papers, furs, jewelry, clothing, and other contents to higher elevations. Fill sanitized jugs with clean water for emergency use.



When the Flood Comes — Evacuate!

Since flood-waters can rise very rapidly, be prepared to evacuate before the water level reaches your property. However, due to the sizes of the Reclamation Districts, inundation will not be immediate. You have time to leave safely if you are properly prepared. Keep a battery-powered radio tuned to a local station, and follow all emergency instructions. Take warm clothing, a flashlight, a portable radio, and sturdy shoes with you. If you are caught in floodwater, wait for help – don’t try to swim to safety. Rescue teams will be looking for you. Try to avoid flooded areas and don’t attempt to walk through floodwaters that are more than knee deep. If it is safe to evacuate by car, stock the car with nonperishable foods (like canned goods), a plastic container of water, blankets, first aid kit, flashlights, dry clothing and any special medication. Keep the gas tank at least half full since gasoline pumps will not be working if the electricity has been cut off. Do not drive where water is over the road – parts of the road may already be washed out.

After the Flood — Clean up!

Before entering a building, check for structural damage. If you smell gas, turn off the outside gas lines at the meter and let the building air out for an hour. Do not use an open flame as a source of light since gas may still be trapped inside. Do not use electricity until the system has been checked by the electric utility company or a qualified electrician.

Boil water for drinking and food preparation for at least ten minutes prior to use, or mix 1/2 teaspoon liquid laundry bleach with 2-1/2 gallons of water and let stand for thirty minutes.

If your home, apartment or business has suffered flood damage, immediately report it to your flood insurance policy agent. Be sure to take pictures of the damage done to your building and its contents, before you start to clean up.

Throw out fresh and previously opened foods and medicines that have come in contact with flood waters.

Remove mildew with a solution of 4 to 6 tablespoons of trisodium phosphate (TSP.), 1 cup chlorine bleach and 1 gallon water.