Mill Valley Issues Storm Advisory: Up to 8 Inches of 'Widespread Rainfall' Predicted

A storm headed this way may bring several inches of rainfall. Are you prepared?

The following storm advisory was issued by the city of Mill Valley Thursday evening: 

A deep moisture system is setting across the West Coast this weekend and could potentially bring significant rainfall amounts to portions of the San Francisco Bay Area.  Widespread rainfall will begin Friday,  February 7th and continue through the evening of Sunday,  February 9th.  West facing slopes of the coastal mountains could receive as much as 6" to 8 " of rainfall through the weekend.

High tides may impact low-lying areas (For example, tides may encroach onto Miller Avenue at Camino Alto and Almonte and areas at or near the Manzanita and Shoreline Highway intersection) on the following dates and times:

Date    ---    Time   ---       Tide Height   
02-07   ---  5:21 am    ---   5'.8"
02-08   ---   6:18 am   ---   5'.7"
02-09   ---   7:15 am   ---   5'.7"

City of Mill Valley preparations include:

  • Providing sand and sandbags to residents at various locations. Please visit the Flooding and Storm Resources page for more information.
  • Working with PG&E to improve local response and communication with City officials during outages.
  • Monitoring creeks for blockages and obstructions.
  • Maintaining storm drains and flood control pump stations.
  • Posting flood warning signs.
  • Assigning additional staff to respond to storm-related emergencies as needed.

Residents Should Prepare By:

  • Monitor TV, radio and the internet for up to date weather reports to stay current with local conditions.
  • Signing up here  for Marin County's Telephone Emergency Notification System (TENS)
  • Having a ready supply of batteries, flashlights and a transistor radio. Residents that have electric stoves may consider purchasing a camp stove, and residents with gas stoves should keep matches on hand. 
  • Buying an old-fashioned telephone with a cord.
  • Residents with wood burning stoves or fireplaces should stock enough wood to last 4-5 days.
  • Residents living near creeks or in flood zones should monitor water levels and stock up on sand and sandbags.
  • Prepare to check on neighbors who may need help during a storm.

Remember that in the event of a large natural disaster, you need to be prepared to "Shelter at Home" for at least 5 or more days. For more information on how to prepare for storms and other natural disasters, please visit the Emergency Preparedness Information webpage. 


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