In Sutter County, free sand, sandbags available for localized flooding threat

Sutter County provides free sand and sandbags at various locations. You have to fill your own bags. Here’s a link to the locations:

A potential for localized road flooding is the only real concern Sutter County has regarding the existing storm. Rivers are rising, but will remain within their banks and not approach flood stage, according to the National Weather Service.

Sutter County makes sandbags and sand available for free to Sutter County residents and businesses who may need them to prevent localized flooding of their property. Residents must fill their own sandbags. For a list of sandbag locations and the full policy, visit this link:

The National Weather Service said the Sacramento Valley can expect 1-3 inches of rain from Friday afternoon through Saturday. The rain should abate Sunday. Some chance of rain is expected next week, but so far nothing in the forecast looks like it does today.

The Feather River at Yuba City will crest at 52.5 feet, 13 feet below monitoring stage, at approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s California Nevada River Forecast website:

The Sacramento River is rising and is expected to flow across Tisdale Weir and into the Sutter Bypass beginning between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. on Sunday, according to the website. The Tisdale Boat Ramp is closed and will remain closed until the river recede

In neighboring Yuba County, the Yuba River at Hallwood is expected to rise three feet above monitoring stage to 76.9 feet about 8 p.m. Saturday night, which is more than 10 feet below flood stage. The river is expected to recede rapidly after the crest.

There were no roads closed in Sutter County as of this morning, however several roads in the Pleasant Grove area typically flood as the result of heavy downpours.

Sutter County Road crews will remain out over the weekend on storm patrol, responding to downed trees and flooded culverts and roads. If you encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and don’t drown.

The Department of Water Resources said there is a chance that by the middle of next week, the reservoir level at Lake Oroville will reach 830 feet, which is a predetermined level for which they might release some lake water down the main, or regular, spillway that was repaired after damage in February of 2017. The amount of water anticipated to be released is not expected to cause the river to leave its channel.