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Lessons learned during flood evacuation

    • 2564 posts
    February 26, 2017 1:45:27 PM PST
    What was your experience in the recent flood threat evacuation? Feb 12, 2017 Yuba, Sutter and Butte counties in northern California.

    Crowded roads?
    Not knowing where to go?
    Not knowing who to share your comments with?
    Did you lose electrical power? Sewer? Water? Road access?
    I was impressed by the reverse 9-1-1 calls. We were called twice on our single land line.
    My wife transported some horses from River Bend. Animal transport did not seem to be a coordinated effort. Not even hours after the first alert. Perhaps the stables and clubs have some ideas.
    Speaking from my experience in the aftermath of the Air Florida crash on the Fourteenth St Bridge into DC.

    I have not seen, but would like to see:
    Periodic reminders and education of emergency preparedness.
    October, as fire month, has "fire drills". Which of those drills are most effective?
    Should there be "flood drills" throughout California in February to commemorate Oroville?
    Ride matching opportunities for evacuations. Dave LeBlanc, Jack Carlile, Lou Pratsch
    Clearing house for public comments.
    Cell phone app.
    Dedicated funding for 9-1-1 efforts based on a financial pay back.
    Leave a note on the house when you leave.
    • 1030 posts
    February 27, 2017 5:11:55 PM PST
    Have an Evacuation plan? Have a backup plan? Some people's plan was to leave Yuba City and go stay with relatives and friends in Grass Valley. But when they closed the bridges that plan was not going to happen. They did use their backup plan and drove to Nicolaus and cut across the valley to Auburn then to Grass Valley. A less used shortcut that worked in this particular situation.
    • 15 posts
    March 1, 2017 9:32:23 AM PST
    DickBoyd. You raise good points. It took some of us three hours to get back from Marysville. More traffic control would have helped.
    • 2564 posts
    March 1, 2017 1:04:40 PM PST
    William said:
    DickBoyd. You raise good points. It took some of us three hours to get back from Marysville. More traffic control would have helped.

    Do you have any specific things to reduce congestion?

    Alternate routes? Alternate intermediate points?

    Alternate fueling locations? Security features?


    1.  Alternate routes? Go west instead of east? Make the roads one way out. With limited inbound access.


    2. Intermideiate points would be parking areas that are out of the flood zone where cars can park to keep the roads free flowing. Then the cars would be "metered" out of the parking area to ensure free flow. At the intermediate points, people would be encouraged to car pool, or bus pool to a common destination.


    3.  Fueling locations? Establish additional pumping. Sell only two gallons. Establish a bucket brigade for fueling. Fill two gallon containers. Reduce the wait times and ensure there is fuel for the cars behind you.

    4.  Map literacy. Learn the use of mapping on your cell phone to identify alternate routes and safe intermediate points.


    5.  Reverse 9-1-1 concept to talk to people in cars.

    6. Leave a note on your front door to notify officials where and how you can be reached.

    7.  Activate neighborhood watch to video record suspicious traffic.


    8.  Publicize inundation areas. As in real estate transations and dam failures.

    • 2564 posts
    March 2, 2017 7:00:50 PM PST
    Among the attaboys for Emergency Responders was transportation and shelter for disabled and disadvantaged people. Government can get some things right.