Updated 1/17/2019 at 10:00 am
A downed power pole has caused the closure of Molino Avenue at 85 Molino. Public safety crews are on scene and expect the road to be closed there for several hours. Please use alternate routes.
Downed power lines on Alta Vista have caused the closure of the street.
A tree fell onto a power pole at 98 Sunnyside (within private property) that may necessitate a street closure for repairs.
We are receiving reports of scattered power outages throughout the City and unincorporated Mill Valley. There are about 876 total customers at various locations reporting power outages. Check here for information.
Other Traffic Impacts:
Several traffic signals are in flash mode due to possible power outage. Please drive with caution.
Today: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 5pm, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Some of the storms could produce small hail. High near 57. Southwest wind around 18 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47. West southwest wind 6 to 11 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Advisory for Wednesday, January 17, 2019
Special Advisory to Residents in Low-Lying Areas
Mill Valley has the potential to experience localized flooding in the low lying areas. If you live in an area that has a history of flooding, it is highly recommended that you be proactive now and stay alert.
PREPARE FOR THE STORM
Check your property for areas where flooding could occur due to clogged drains or gutters. Make sure you, your family, your neighbors have an abundance of food, water, and batteries. Recharge your laptop computer, cell phone, and other mobile devices as a precaution against a power outage.
Commuters who travel in areas with a history of flooding are advised to monitor high tides. Check www.mvtraffic.org prior to your trip to anticipate traffic conditions. Road closures are often posted by the Mill Valley Police Department on Twitter.
Please be advised to keep out of creeks and waterways during the storm.
Residents are advised of possible downed trees and power lines. Power outages are likely in the Bay Area. Power can go out at any time - are you prepared?
Here are some tips:
If the power goes out:
If you see a downed power line call 911 immediately. For more safety information about downed power lines click here.
Flooding or fallen trees may cause traffic back-ups and road closures. Road closures will be posted at www.cityofmillvalley.org as they are reported. Check www.mvtraffic.org for updates on traffic before your trip.
Drive with Caution: When driving in the rain, use extra caution and always have your headlights on. Remember, if you turn on your windshield wipers, turn on your headlights. Please obey the speed limits and follow other traffic at a safe distance.
We urge residents to initiate their winter preparedness measures early in the season by seeking sand and sandbags should they need them. Sand and bags can be purchased at local hardware stores. Watch a video on how to fill and place sandbags.
City Supplied Sandbags (unfilled)
Residents or business owners may also pick up unfilled sand bags at:
Mill Valley Main Fire Station 7
(Public Safety Building), 1 Hamilton Drive.
Limit of 10 sandbags per household or business.
Sand may be located at the following locations:*
*These locations have limited stockpiles of sand for emergency use during the rainy season. To use these stockpiles,you must supply your own labor, shovels and support.
Please note that the safety of Mill Valley citizens is the first priority of City work crews, and that replenishing the sand pile and bags may become a lower priority during a storm event. If you have questions or comments please call Department of Public Works at 388-4033 or the Fire Department at 389-4130.
Please be aware that higher-than-usual tides (known as "King Tides") are forecast for the upcoming week:
Date High Tide Time Height
1-18-19 8:39 am 6’4”
1-19-10 9:28 am 6’7”
1-20-19 10:17 am 6’9”
1-21-19 11:07 am 7’0”
1-22-19 11:58 am 6’8”
1-23-19 12:51 am 6’4”
High tides, combined with high run-off usually leads to flooding on lower Miller Avenue and Camino Alto, as well as the Redwood Hwy Frontage Road.
We will post regular updates to the www.cityofmillvalley.org website.
The City of Mill Valley strongly encourages businesses and residents to prepare for the upcoming rain and potential flooding.