Heavier than normal rain can cause flooding, sink holes, debris flows, prolonged power outages and dangerous driving conditions. The city has already taken steps to help keep San Marcos safe, but we need your help too.
Visit the Ready San Diego website for emergency preparedness tips, resources and other important information.
What can I do to prepare?
Is the City offering free sandbags to residents?
Where can I report flooding, fallen trees, light outages or debris in the roadway?
What is the City doing to prepare for rain?
How do I stay connected during an emergency?
Real-time rainfall---see current San Marcos weather conditions
Unplanned power outages- see real-time power outage information
Whenever heavy rainfall is predicted, all residents are urged to refresh family emergency preparedness plans and take steps to prepare their property for potential flooding. Residents can inspect properties and homes to ensure that roofs are in good condition, rain gutters are cleaned out and storm drains are clear of debris.
Because water, mud, and debris will flow downhill, residents should also consider using mulch, terracing the slope or planting a variety of groundcovers or shrubs to prevent erosion that could damage your home or building, inspect your property’s drainage channels and culverts routinely to make sure they are clear, at a minimum before and after a storm.
Before the flood: simple steps to prepare for potential flooding
|During a flood: tips for staying safe during a flood
City to offer free sandbags to San Marcos residents
The City of San Marcos is offering San Marcos residents free, fill-your-own sandbags to help protect streets from flooding and control soil erosion.
The sandbags can be filled and picked up at the southwest corner of the Public Works Division parking lot, 201 Mata Way; maximum 20 bags per household.
Heavy rains can cause soil erosion especially in areas not covered by lawns, trees, shrubs and plants. Water runoff, and especially mud and debris flows, can damage individual homes and properties and create even wider destruction by flooding roadways and clogging storm drains and culverts.
Click here to learn how to fill and properly place sandbags.
For more information about the city’s sandbag program, please call the City’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.
Residents can report non-emergency flooding, fallen trees, light outages or debris in the roadway to the city's Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550 or by visiting, www.san-marcos.net/reportaconcern.
Crews are standing by to address non-emergency related issues like light outages, debris in roadways and other non-emergent fire and public safety concerns.
As of Friday, Jan. 20 at 5:30 pm, San Diego County is a asking with significant damages to their homes or businesses are to report damages to the County Office of Emergency Services online at: http://www.sdcountyrecovery.com/damages-resulting-from-disaster/
| City clears drains and culverts
|The City of San Marcos is at the ready for potential flooding to minimize the impacts of the predicted rain. In 2016, an El Niño readiness plan was developed and identifies action items that the City is impllementing to help reduce the impact to life and property from potential flooding. Some of these action items include:
Residents can subscribe to e-alerts by visiting www.san-marcos.net/alerts. During an emergency, residents are encouraged to check the city's website frequently, follow the City of San Marcos on facebook and twitter (@sanmarcoscity), and tune-in to radio station AM 1610 to stay updated with the latest safety information.
To receive up-to-date emergency notifications, residents are encouraged to register their mobile phones for the AlertSanDiego emergency notification system by visiting http://www.readysandiego.org/alertsandiego/ and also download the SDEmergency app available for iPhone and Android mobile devices.
Alert San Diego, emergency notifications
FEMA, public service announcement
Look up your address to find your flood risk
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, research, forecasts and observations
National Weather Service, preparedness resources
Winter Weather Outlook, National Weather Service public service announcement
People with disabilities or with access and functional needs
Spanish-language preparedness information Listo San Diego