Published Nov 18, 2016
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“A storm is predicted for Sunday (November 20)
evening through Monday afternoon.”
LEFT PHOTO: Congressman Paul Cook looked over the mountain road collapse; that occurred on State Route 330 in Winter 2010. The main fall of the road was over a 700 feet drop that demanded emergency funds to be allocated to the rebuilding of a major highway to the San Bernardino Mountain communities.
RIGHT PHOTO: In Summer 2015, heavy rainfall caused tremendous flooding in the desert area of Interstate 10. Traffic was devereted for several weeks while the Texas Wash Bridge was replaced after it washed out during the storms.
Are You Weather Ready?
Bernardino – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans),
District 8 is urging the motoring public to get weather ready.
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) is forecasting a storm November 20th Sunday evening through Monday afternoon with rain
and the possibility of snow in upper elevations of 7,000 feet and higher (Big
Weather forecasters have
predicted that the 2016-2017 Winter may bring colder, drier conditions brought on
by a La Nina pattern in the Pacific Ocean. As the drought continues in
California, weather patterns have been unpredictable. But one thing is certain,
being prepared for any weather condition is imperative for the safety traveling
public, especially in fire scarred areas such as the Cajon Pass region and San
The collapse of State
Route 330 in Winter 2010 and Interstate 10 at Tex Wash in Summer 2015 are vivid reminders
that severe storms can bring heavy downpours that catch motorists off-guard.
Caltrans has hired
in mountain and desert regions to ensure 24-hour coverage during these weather
events. In addition, Caltrans maintenance work and construction projects
continue during dry weather to maintain and secure highways for the traveling
public. While careful planning and evaluation is taking place across the
region, the weather impact on the drought-stricken terrain cannot be predicted.
Helpful tips for
Plan ahead and check weather and road conditions before you leave.
Ensure that vehicles are in good working condition and have a full tank of gas
Check tires, brakes, wipers, antifreeze, heaters and exhaust systems.
WHEN TRAVELING TO MOUNTAIN AREAS!
Use headlights during weather events, “see and be seen.”
Reduce vehicle speed on wet surfaces and allow a safe following distance from
other vehicles. Rain, oil, and dust equal slippery conditions and traction
problems on roads.
Always look ahead and pay attention signs and barricades.
Avoid driving through running or standing water, putting yourself, passengers,
and your vehicle at risk. An average-sized vehicle can float in as little as 12
inches of water; deeper, moving water can carry vehicles away.
Drive with caution and MOVE OVER for road workers, law enforcement and
emergency responders. Stay safe by obeying traffic commands from crews on the
Bring blankets, water, food, a shovel, gloves, flashlight and a charged cell
Emergency officials are urging the public to:
Plan, Prepare, Practice and Ready Set Go.
more information go to: http://sbcfire.org/Programs/ReadySetGoFlood.aspx,
traveling to mountain areas should ALWAYS prepare for
unforeseen events and changes in weather that can cause immediate road
closures or extended periods of time on the highway. Be reminded that snow
events bring mountain tourism which results in lengthy traffic delays.
Motorists should maintain patience and follow all traffic laws.
remember to keep the roadways and mountain areas clean by putting litter in its
place. Do not leave items behind!
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