Get prepared for another atmospheric river in Contra Costa

Get prepared for another atmospheric river in Contra Costa

Get prepared for another atmospheric river in Contra Costa
High waters along Iron Horse Trail in Concord. (Pete Cruz photo)

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA (Dec. 10, 2021) — Much needed rain is expected Sunday through Tuesday. PG&E meteorology expects as a strong weather system impacting the Bay Area with widespread gusts of 30-40 mph (55+ in higher elevations) and rainfall totals of 3-5 inches.

We should prepare for sustained power outages that may be caused by vehicles into poles, branches/trees or other debris into wires, earth movement, etc.  Prepare for stormy weather in advance with PG&E safety tips.

Currently, PG&E expects light outage activity starting 1800 Sunday December 12 with heaviest weather impacts and increased power outages Monday into Tuesday. Outages may continue through Wednesday as the storm moves through our area and crews can safely restore power.

PG&E’s Emergency Management team is currently supporting readiness plans, including activation of local Operational Emergency and Regional Emergency Centers. We are holding calls to plan staffing and resources to respond and restore power.

Residents and businesses can use this link detailing Current and Future Outages to check for outage location and estimated times of restoration.

Emergency needs

For emergency needs, threat to life of property, please call 911 and provide details to dispatch. Dispatchers can request PG&E make-safe support as needed.

Stay away from downed power lines. Assume downed power lines remain energized and dangerous. Stay away from the lines and keep others away from them. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the location of a downed line. After reporting the downed line, call PG&E at 1-800-743-5000.

Use flashlights, not candles. During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. And keep extra batteries on hand. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, animals, and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.


Do you live in unincorporated Contra Costa County? If you’re concerned about flooding at your home or business when the rainy season hits, you can visit one of the sandbag stations located throughout the county. Please note that you’ll need to bring a shovel, but bags and sand are available for free.

Sandbag Filling Locations in Contra Costa County

If you live within the boundaries of one of our 19 cities, please use the link below to find information about your city’s sandbag distribution. Contact your City for sandbag locations and information (PDF)

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