Ventura County residents generally enjoy a climate characterized by dry summers with little to no precipitation, and mild and wet winters. However, it is not uncommon for winter storms to bring excessive rainfall and causing flooding. Flooding occurs when stormwater overflows its usual outlets, creating hazardous conditions and damage. Here’s how you can be prepared:


Five Ways to


Four Ways to

Save the Day

  • 1 Monitor local weather reports. Move to higher ground and away from areas prone to flooding.
  • 2 Be aware of water levels in streams, drainage channels, canyons, and other areas where flooding is common.
  • 3 Avoid driving or walking in flooded areas. Abandon vehicles and move to higher ground, if possible.
  • 4 Know where to turn. Visit vcemergency.com for trusted and timely disaster information.

Three Things to


  • 1 The local VCFD fire stations keeps sandbag supplies on hand to help you protect your property from flooding.
  • 2 Be aware of recent burn areas, as the soil resists water absorption and may be more prone to flooding than before.
  • 3 El Niño events typically bring unusually warm ocean temperatures and increased seasonal precipitation.

Two Things to

Ease Your Mind


One Question to Ask Yourself

Right Now

  • 1 How could a flood impact my area? Check out our customizable flood story map here.

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