County braces for storm

Rain falls over the hills overlooking Union Road on Thursday.

The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services is warning residents to prepare for power outages, downed power lines, fallen trees and small stream flash flooding.
A press release from the office showed the following storm information:

  • Strong possibility for power outages in some areas of the county
  • Avoid power lines as downed power lines may be difficult to see, are extremely dangerous, and can cause serious injuries and even death.
  • Be aware of downed trees, as they may be hiding other hazards such as downed power lines and may move unexpectedly
  • Urban and small stream flash flooding is likely
  • Be aware of flooded intersections, roadways, and streams.
  • Do not attempt to cross streams or rivers as currents may be stronger than expected
  • Avoid driving through standing water as it may hide obstacles and be deeper than it appears
  • Contact 911 for emergencies such as downed power lines, and gas leaks.

Residents can register their cell phones with CodeRed to be able to receive emergency notifications from public safety departments at
Sandbags have been made available in the county at the following locations: from 7 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Hollister Public Works on 1321 South St. in Hollister; from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Hollister Fire Station 2 on 1000 Union Road in Hollister; and at 703 Second St. in San Juan Bautista.

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