For Immediate Release
Date: October 20, 2021 4:00 PM
SRPD's Message During this Weekend's Storms - "SLOW DOWN!"
San Rafael, CA – San Rafael is finally seeing the long-overdue rain that this area needs. Storms are forecasted to last through Monday. The biggest rainstorm is expected Sunday night into Monday morning. This is the first significant amount of rain in over a year, bringing along some unique conditions. The first rain is usually the most hazardous as the water mixes with oil residue that has built up on roadway surfaces. As a result, slippery conditions exist requiring drivers to SLOW DOWN.
The San Rafael Police Department is prepared for this upcoming series of storms and asks drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to be extra vigilant and safe.
“Most collisions on the roadway can be avoided if drivers slow down and add additional space between them and the car ahead. Collisions are taxing on first responders and emergency service resources. The bottom line is that we have to look out for each other and SLOW DOWN!” said Police Chief David Spiller.
In addition to being safe while driving, the public should stay tuned to local area forecasts and be prepared for unexpected obstacles and hazards. Storms can often bring downed trees and branches, cause power outages, and cause flooding.
If you see a hazardous condition or downed power lines, you can call the police department at 415-485-3000, or if it is an emergency, you can call 9-1-1.
SRPD would also like the public to know that City of San Rafael crews are on standby should they be needed to address any fallen trees or other hazards. In addition, crews from our Public Works Department have been clearing catch basins and storm basins to help assure proper flow. Residents can help do the same by clearing any debris from drains on or near their property.
Additional resources to help residents prepare are available on the City Website including:
- Storm Readiness and Response: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/storms/
- General Disaster Preparedness: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/emergency-management
- Information on Sandbags: https://www.cityofsanrafael.org/question/using-sandbags/#/city/answers/storms/using-sandbags
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Posted: October 20, 2021 4:15 PDT by Sergeant Justin Graham