Video: Local Experts Discuss El Niño Forecast – An annual workshop, hosted by the County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services and the National Weather Service, offered local officials a detailed winter weather outlook and information on regional planning, preparation and response activities.
Due to the projection of a possible strong El Niño season this winter, the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services is encouraging residents to look around their properties to see if they are in a flood-prone area, near hillsides with little or dead vegetation that could erode, and to look for ways to keep soil in place, especially on slopes. People can use mulch, terrace their slopes and plant a variety of groundcovers and shrubs to prevent erosion.
You can also view maps to find out if your San Marcos home or business in a flood hazard area. View maps on the FEMA website or the City of San Marcos General Plan:
- FEMA Flood Map Service Center (search by address)
- Safety Element of the San Marcos General Plan (scroll to page 17)
The City of San Marcos is offering residents free, fill-your-own sandbags to help protect streets from flooding and soil erosion. The sandbags can be filled and picked up at the southwest corner of the Public Works Division parking lot, 201 Mata Way; maximum 20 bags per resident. Visit the Public Works Parking Lot at 201 Mata Way, San Marcos, CA 92069 (map).