Be prepared for heavy rain systems

On Tuesday, January 15, 2019, through the evening on Thursday, January 17, 2019 significant storm system with heavy rainfall resulted in voluntary evacuation orders for areas of risk for debris flow.

Advance measures should be taken to prepare for future storm systems.

Residents are encouraged to prepare for heavy rain and consider altering your travel and commuting plans.

The City of Ventura has established evacuation maps to assist residents with the best route to take during an emergency evacuation. The maps can be viewed on the City’s website at

Free sand and sandbags are available for city of Ventura residents (while supplies last) at the following location:

City of Ventura Sanjon Maintenance Yard, 336 Sanjon Road (public parking lot). Residents are asked to bring their own shovel.

Arroyo Verde Park, Marina Park, Grant Park, and the Ventura Pier will be closed for the duration of the storm. Any additional City of Ventura facility closures will be posted on the City’s website.

It is never safe to drive or walk into flood waters. A mere 6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while 2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. When flooded turn around don’t drown.

Public Works crews have been, and continue to be, out in the community inspecting and cleaning catch basins to ensure debris basins and flood channels are clear. Properties near a burn area remain at increased risk for flooding, erosion and debris flow. The City encourages you to talk to your neighbors who may not be aware of potential hazards.

Community members are encouraged to stay informed through official sources:

Register for VC ALERT ( to receive emergency notifications

Visit to stay informed during an emergency

In the event of a major incident or disaster, call the City of Ventura Hotline at 805-477-3711

Learn about emergency preparedness and flood information including weather service links and other helpful tips at

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