Stockton and the rest of San Joaquin County are trying to stay ahead of the storm damage as Tuesday promises to bring another batch of extreme weather.
While Stockton has dealt with it’s fair share of flooding, road closures and power outages, some of the most severe situations have developed in the south county. Rains and floodwaters from a raging creek triggered road closures and an evacuation advisory in San Joaquin County southeast of Tracy on Monday night, emergency officials said.
Sheriff’s deputies and area firefighters went door to door in a roughly one square mile rural area bounded by Chrisman Road and Linne, Bird, and Durham Ferry roads, said Tiffany Heyer, director of San Joaquin County’s Office of Emergency Services.
“We are making notifications to the residents who live out there,” Heyer said. “At this point most are choosing to remain.”
An evacuation advisory is not a mandatory evacuation notice, but a “yellow alert” to be prepared should evacuation become necessary.
Corral Hollow Creek, an “unmaintained” creek not under the jurisdiction of any reclamation district, is flooding the area, Heyer said.
Road closures include Bird Road from Lehman to Linne roads, Chrisman Road from Linne to Durham Ferry roads, and Linne from Bird and Banta roads, Heyer said.
She added that road closures may increase if floodwaters spread.
If necessary later, OES will broadcast evacuation alerts through its SJReady system that reaches cellphones as well as other alert systems that reach internet users and old-fashioned landlines.
“As with everything that we’ve seen in this storm system. just being ready to go at a moment’s notice,” Heyer said. “We will do our best to give everyone advance notice. Just have that go bag ready to go.”
As of Monday evening, PG&E is reporting 164 active power outages affecting 7,027 customers. While most of Monday was relatively quiet in Stockton, there were still cases of heavy flooding. A good portion of Ponce de Leon Avenue near Lower Sacramento Road was flooded.
Local school districts officials announced they are monitoring the situation. Tuesday will be the second day in a row that Stockton Unified School District cancelled classes, and the scheduled SUSD Board of Trustees meeting that evening has also been postponed.
For further information, go to the county’s winter weather site.