Winter Storm & Power Outages

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Winter Storm & Power Outages

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Marin County Winter Weather Preparedness: storm

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Winter Storms & Power Outages Advice:

In a heavy, continuous rain storm, there will be normal flooding in areas in and around the drainage inlets. In addition, driveway areas, street corners, and low lying sections of the roadway will often flood.

If you become aware of any drainage failure that is resulting in local flooding to a significant degree, contact your local police department and they will notify the appropriate response personnel.

If you are in an area likely to flood, please obtain sandbags and stack them appropriately.

The City of San Rafael provides sandbags to residents at the City’s fire stations. For more information about where to find sandbags, how to fill them and how to place them please see the Winter Weather Preparedness brochure

Power Outages:

If you come across a downed power line, stay away from it and call 9-1-1.  In the event of a power outage, information on the outage can be obtained at (800) 743-5000.

Be prepared for power outages year-round with these tips:

1) Have battery-operated radios with fresh batteries ready for updates on storm conditions and power outages.

2) Have battery-operated flashlights with fresh batteries on hand.

3) PG&E recommends that customers do not use candles because of the risk of fire. If you must use candles, extreme caution is urged.  Do not use candles near drapes or under lampshades.  Keep candles away from small children, and do not leave candles unattended.

4) Empty, clean plastic milk jugs and 2-liter soda bottles can be used for water. Ice can be made in 2-liter soda bottles.  Three 2-liter soda bottles with ice are about the same as a 10-pound block of ice that you buy in the grocery store. Blue Ice from your picnic cooler also works well in the freezer. With minimal opening and shutting of doors, food should remain usable for up to two days.

5) If you have a stand-by generator, inform PG&E and make sure that it’s installed safely.  If it’s not, you risk damaging your property and endangering PG&E line workers who may be working on power lines some distance from your home. Information on the safe installation of generators can be found on our website at

6) If your power goes out, unplug or turn off all electric appliances. Otherwise, when power is restored, several appliances may come back on at once and overload your circuits or hot appliances may come on while you’re away or asleep and pose a fire hazard.  Leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns.  Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.