Flood Watch: Lake Forest prepares for rainy Christmas Eve

LAKE FOREST, CA – Lake Forest will have a rainy Christmas weekend with intermittent periods of heavy rain and possible flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rains are likely to fill urban streams, sending water to neighborhoods in Orange County, according to preliminary reports from the NWS. A week ago, during the county’s last major rain event, areas of burns and new real estate developments in Orange County were overwhelmed by flooding and torrential downpours.


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Flood monitoring is in effect Thursday evening through Friday morning for all coastal areas of Orange County, interior areas of Orange County, as well as burn scars from Bond Fire, according to the National Weather Service San Diego. .

Erosion control measures, such as sandbags, should be put in place as soon as possible. (Read below where to find sandbags near you).

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“Excessive runoff can flood rivers, streams, streams and other low and flood-prone places,” meteorologists reported.

Read: Flash floods pour into Laguna Beach area: video

Flooding can occur in drainage areas and poor urban areas. Debris flows are possible in and near Bond Fire’s burn scar.

An atmospheric river will bring heavy precipitation to southern California, with the heaviest rainfall occurring after midnight Thursday night through Friday morning, meteorologists report.
Total precipitation amounts of 1.5-2.5 inches of rain are expected over the Orange County coast and valleys with 3-6 inches of rain in the mountains.

Precipitation rates of more than half an inch per hour are expected, which can lead to flash floods in washdowns, low roads, and burn areas.

The first storm system was expected to bring precipitation from Wednesday to Friday, with rain peaking on Thursday.

Authorities were bracing for “heavy, moderate to brief rains,” which could trigger flooding and minor debris flows in areas of Southland that have been marked by wildfires.

Read: Trapped Silverado residents rescued by Orange County firefighters

Rain and falling snow levels could impact travel as Californians hit the road to their vacation destinations.

Saturday and Sunday less rain is expected although mountain snow is likely.

The weather system was expected to linger throughout the weekend, bringing more rain and freezing temperatures to Southland between Christmas Day and Sunday.

Emergency Preparedness in Orange County

According to Orange County Public Works, homes in and around the Bond Fire burn scar are still at risk of flooding.

Working with the county’s public works department, Supervisor Don Wagner has worked hard with his unincorporated Orange County residents in the Silverado area to better prepare for the flooding.

Last week he distributed barbs and stakes to his constituents in Silverado, Modjeska and Williams Canyon to stem mudslides and debris in those areas.

Photos: Office of Supervisor Don Wagner

According to Wagner’s office, residents of these areas may find more help with erosion control measures:

Modjeska OCPW site: corner of Modjeska Canyon Road and Santiago Canyon Road

OC Fire Authority Station # 14: 29402 Silverado Canyon Road, Silverado, CA 92676

OCPW Glassell Facility: 2301 N. Glassell Street, Orange, CA 92865 (empty sandbags only)

Orange County residents should sign up for AlertOC to stay informed of required actions or critical updates in your area. Visit www.alertoc.com and make sure you are attached.

If you live in an area with a burn scar and are told to evacuate, do not hesitate to do so.

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