City Prepares for First Major Winter Storm, Possible Street Flooding

A major winter storm is headed our way this holiday week and the National Weather Service advises it will bring three days of rain to the region from Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 27-29.

Flooding on Orange Ave, December 6, 2018

For Coronado, the storm’s impacts include potential street flooding, especially during the heaviest rains Wednesday night through Friday; beach erosion, high surf coupled with high tides and rip currents; as well as strong, gusty winds Thursday and Friday. The heaviest rain is expected on Thanksgiving Day along with a 6.8-foot high tide. The high tides this week are some of the highest of the year. The combination of heavy rain and high tides is a concern. Fortunately, the tides will begin to recede Thanksgiving morning at about 9:35 a.m.

The City is preparing for the heavy rains. Public Services crews will be on duty during the storm. They will monitor storm drains and clean up fallen trees and debris. Crews will pre-position generators around the City in case of any power outages. The City asks residents to avoid parking on the street, if possible, to allow rain water to flow unobstructed into the storm drains.

December 6, 2018. Image: Beth Aiello.

The Police Department will respond to any flooding concerns and may shut down roads if necessary. Please do not attempt to drive through a flooded roadway. It is difficult to tell how deep the waters are. Obey all posted signs and check the City’s website, Nixle alerts and social media (Facebook and Twitter) for any news and storm updates that will be posted as needed.

Residents and business owners also should be prepared. Sand bags for residents are available at four locations: Alameda Boulevard and First Street; Alameda and Fourth Street; North Beach; and across from the Cays Fire Station. The sand bags are for residents only. No contractors please.

The forecast calls for showers beginning early Wednesday. There will be winds gusts as high as 25 mph with up to a quarter inch of rain during the day and up to a half-inch by Wednesday evening. On Thanksgiving Day, showers are expected and possibly a thunderstorm into the night. Rainfall totals could be up to three-quarters of an inch. Friday, rain will likely end before 10 a.m., with only a chance of showers after that. Temperatures over the next three days will range from a low of 49 to a high of 62.

Source: City of Coronado

 

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com