Dec 21, 2015
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With storms expected to linger throughout the week, Contra Costa County officials are preparing for even more wet weather from January through March, when El Nino rains are anticipated.

That was the subject of a news conference scheduled for Monday at one of the county’s sandbag stations at the West County Detention Facility in Richmond, where officials offered some education on preparing for possible flooding.

Rainy weather was set to persist through Monday night, with showers to follow Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

During this storm and other upcoming weather systems, residents are encouraged to fetch sandbags at these county locations. The link also provides instructions on how to fill your sandbags. The county’s lone West County sandbag pick-up site is at the West County Detention Center, 5555 Giant Highway.

Also, residents can get educated on flood preparedness by visiting here.

“While this season’s El Nino is welcome news for California after years of drought, heavy rainfall can create dangerous conditions for residents across Contra Costa County,” said County Supervisor John Gioia. “Preparedness is key to minimizing risks to life and property, and the county is committed to supporting all of us with the resources and information to be as safe as possible.”


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.