Flood warning issued for Simpson Lane area
Yuba County Sheriff's Department deputies will begin knocking on doors along Simpson Lane today to warn them of possible flooding in low-lying areas.
Though relatively few homes or businesses are along the road between Marysville and Linda, deputies will ask those they encounter to voluntarily evacuate, according to a Yuba County press release.
County spokesman Russ Brown said that, according to public safety officials, the Simpson Lane area, which borders the Yuba River, is historically among the first to see flooding when there is heavy runoff.
The Yuba is expected to rise several feet over the course of the next three days as a series of storms rolls through the region, putting it at "watch" stage for local flooding, according to the press release.
In addition to evacuations, area residents can protect against flooding with sandbags, which are available at Sutter Orchard Supply and Home Depot in Yuba City, and in limited numbers at Lowe's, Union Lumber and Marysville Plumbing and Building Supply.
Those locations, along with Knife River Sand & Gravel and Butte Sand & Gravel, also have sand available.
Deputies will also be warning those living in homeless encampments near Simpson Lane about the risk.
Apart from Simpson Lane, small creeks and other low lying areas in Yuba County may also see some flooding, and water may also collect on roads.
River levels are still below monitoring stages, and county emergency services manager Scott Bryan said in the press release there does not appear to be any further flood risk from this group of storms.
In Yuba City, the city has set up a supply of sand and sand bags for use by city residents at the City Corporation Yard at 1185 Market St.
However, city officials said they do not anticipate serious or widespread flooding with the city limits, though there is the possibility of localized flooding.
In addition, emergency officials do not anticipate any flood threat from the Feather River because there is sufficient storage capacity at Oroville Dam.