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Flood watch issued for Citrus Heights, region

Sand and sandbags are offered at Citrus Heights City Hall for residents. // CH Sentinel

By Mike Hazlip–
The National Weather Service issued a flood watch Thursday saying the valley could receive two to four inches of rain this weekend, potentially overwhelming creeks and streams throughout the area.

“Widespread moderate to heavy rain tomorrow – Saturday could produce flooding of rivers, streams, and creeks along with urban flooding and increased runoff below 7,000 ft in the mountains. Now is the time to prepare for impacts!” the service said in a Thursday release.

The forecast timing is for 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30 through 4 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 1, the service said.

The city announced sand is available at City Hall and C-Bar-C park. Residents looking to fill sandbags will need to bring their own shovel, the city said.

Sand is available on a limited basis around the clock, but sand bags are only available inside the City Hall lobby, with proof of Citrus Heights residency required. City Hall is closed Friday and Monday, for New Year’s.

Information on the city’s website says localized street flooding is likely during heavy downpours, but should dissipate into the creek and storm drain system.

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