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Caltrans prepares for massive winter storm

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 — Caltrans is preparing for one of the strongest storms Californians have seen in years, with more than 1,500 pieces of storm-related equipment and more than 3,000 maintenance employees ready for this week’s major weather shift on track to impact several regions throughout the state.

“Caltrans’ first priority is the safety of the motoring public and we will be working around the clock to keep roads open and clear,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

Crews have been busy checking pumping stations, readying equipment and clearing roadside drainage ditches across the state. Generators have been checked and have plenty of fuel for operation throughout the anticipated storms, and crews have been busy filling sand bags.

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Mailing deadlines coming

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — The winter holiday season is here and people are scrambling to send presents and packages to loved ones across the country and even the world.

The busiest days of the holiday season will be Monday, Dec. 15 (busiest mailing day) and Wednesday, Dec. 17 (busiest delivery day).

Deadlines for sending packages to make sure they arrive by Christmas are as follows:

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NWS warns about upcoming storm

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — The National Weather Service is forecasting a large winter storm due to arrive in our region Wednesday afternoon. This storm will bring strong winds through Thursday, the winds are predicted with sustained speeds of 40 to 50 with gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour on the valley floor, and the 395 south corridor. These winds are predicted to last upward of 18 hours.

The precipitation forecast for the low elevations is 1 to 3 inches of rain, and a rain snow mix at the 6,000- to 7,500-foot elevations. Flooding is not expected due to the dry soils, some localized flooding may occur due to the volume of rain, and the drainage systems being compromised. With the winds and rain coupled with drought-stressed trees we can almost assure power outages in the region, which can last from a few hours to a few days.

The city of Susanville would like to take this opportunity to share some winter storm safety reminders, and precautionary measures:

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Food, shelter available in the event of an extended power outage

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — As Lassen County residents brace for what USA Today calls the “fiercest storm in five years,” help is available locally should the power go out.

The Pineapple Express, a river of warm, moisture-laden air that originates near Hawaii in the Southern Pacific Ocean is expected to pump lots of moisture toward the West Coast with wind, rain and snow in the next few days. If that’s not enough, a flood watch is also in effect through Friday evening for a portion of Northeastern California including the Lassen Volcanic National Park area in Lassen County. The danger is especially high in areas that recently experienced wildfires.

A high wind warning also is in effect from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 2 p.m. Thursday, especially below 6,500 feet.

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Lassen National Forest advisory for prescribed burning on Eagle Lake Ranger District

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 —TheEagle Lake Ranger Districtof the Lassen National Forest is planning on burning landing piles in the Hook DFPZ Timber Sale area, south of Harvey Mountain in the Harvey Valley area.

Ignition for a planned total of68 acres is set from Tuesday, Dec. 9 through Friday, Dec. 12. Duration of smoke production is7 to 10 days after piles are ignited.

Estimated direction of smoke travel isvaried, depending on conditions of the day.

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