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With rain on the way, are you prepared?

City officials encourage residents to prepare as rain enters the forecast

Post Date:11/28/2018 10:00 AM

With rain in the forecast, the City of San Marcos is encouraging residents to prepare in advance for weather-related emergencies.

While forecasters are predicting about an inch of rain in San Marcos, residents should know that heavier than normal rain can cause flooding, sinkholes, 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.

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.

Residents can report non-emergency flooding, fallen trees, light outages or debris in the roadway to the city's online service portal,, or by calling the Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.

During an emergency, residents are encouraged to check the frequently check city's website,, follow the City of San Marcos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@sanmarcoscity), and turn to radio station AM 1610 to stay updated with the latest safety information. Residents can also receive emailed city information updates by subscribing subscribe to e-alerts at

To receive countywide emergency notifications, residents are encouraged to register their mobile phones with AlertSanDiego by visiting,

For more information about staying prepared for rain, visit

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