Residents urged to prepare for heavy rainfall, flooding

Sandbags handed out to prepare for rainstorms in Riverside County

POSTED: 11:39 AM PST Feb 26, 2014    UPDATED: 11:40 AM PST Feb 26, 2014 
RIVERSIDE -

With heavy rain expected in Riverside County this weekend, Cal Fire and the Riverside County Fire Department have delivered sand and sandbags to fire stations in burned areas from last year's wildfires.

Sandbags have been delivered to:

Officials said all other fire stations stock sand bags only (no sand) in limited supply.

If you suspect your home may be prone to flooding, or is actively flooding, call 911.

Residents, especially those in and below burned areas, should prepare their homes in advance of flooding, according to fire officials.  They encourage everyone to take advantage before these storms hit Riverside County.

They also warn motorists not to drive through flooded areas. If you come across a flooded area while driving, stop, turn the car around and take another route.

Nearly half of all flash flood deaths are vehicle related, officials said in a release.

More information on flood preparation and flood safety

You can also visit floodcontrol.