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Posted on: March 14, 2023

Storm Update - Tuesday, March 14 - Localized flooding and high winds

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Latest update: 3/14/2023 at 8:00 am


Forecasters are predicting more rain today, and advise community members to be on the lookout for flooding and the impacts of high winds. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible, with widespread wind gusts 35-45 mph and isolated gusts 50+ mph along the coast. Excessive runoff may result in flooding of creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams may rise out of their banks. Flooding may occur in poor drainage and urban areas. Damaging winds may blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected and roadways could be blocked by downed trees. 

Hazardous Weather Conditions

Check the National Weather Service SF Bay Area website here.  


The Severe Weather Emergency Shelter (SWES) has been activated. An emergency shelter at 3240 Kerner Blvd will open for the follwing:


  • Road Closures: 
    • Traffic Incident: CHP reports flooding on CA-1 Northbound and Southbound at US-101 N (Sausalito). Lanes affected. Expect delays.
  • Monitor traffic conditions at


Follow PGE Outage Map for ongoing updates on outages and power restoration. 

Mill Valley Library's Tech to Go Program: Worried about losing power?
You can check out hotspots, back-up batteries, and Chromebooks from the Library. We have a limited supply of each that are available on a first come, first served basis. Call the Reference Desk for availability or to place a hold. 415-389-4292


Please visit the County of Marin Emergency Portal.

Stock up on Sandbags

We urge residents to take preparedness measures by seeking sand and sandbags should they need them. Watch a video on how to fill and place sandbags.

Sand and bags can be purchased at local hardware stores. Sand and sandbags may also be located at the following locations:*

Mill Valley Residents (3 locations):

  • Fire Station #7, 1 Hamilton Drive
  • Boyle Park, 47 Thalia Street
  • At the intersection of Molino Drive at Cascade Drive

Sausalito Residents (2 locations):

  • Sausalito Corps Yard, 530 Nevada Street
  • MLK / Park School, 610 Coloma Street

Strawberry & Alto Residents:

  • Miland Drive, first left off of Seminary, by the 7-11. Sand is located next to the fire road gate approximately 500 ft up the hill on the left

Tam Valley Residents:

  • Tennessee Valley Road at Marin Avenue, across from TCSD

Tiburon Residents:

  • Blackie’s Pasture
  • *These locations have limited stockpiles of sand and sandbags 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 our 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 your local Department of Public Works.

During the storm

  • Avoid unnecessary travel. Strong winds and wet roads make travel risky, and possible flooding may prevent you from returning home. Staying home is the safest option until the storm passes. If its an emergency, allow emergency responders to come to you.
  • Use extra caution when driving. If you MUST leave your home, drive carefully: slow down, keep both hands on steering wheel, turn on head lights, allow extra space between vehicles, and watch for downed tree branches, trees, and powerlines.  Allow extra time in case of detours away from flooded roadways.
  • Do not walk or drive around barricades or through standing water. Turn around, do not drown. If it’s an emergency, allow emergency responders to come to you.
  • Stay away from downed power lines. Always assume a fallen power line is live and do not touch it with your hand or other object. Call 9-1-1 immediately to report the fallen line.
  • Mariners / Houseboats should remain in port. Strong winds and cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels.
  • Monitor for the most up-to-date weather and emergency information. 

Power Outages

Residents are advised of possible downed trees and power lines. Report downed power lines by calling 9-1-1 and PGE at 1-800-743-5002. Stay away from the downed powerlines and assume they are energized and dangerous. 

  • Check to make sure you have batteries, fully charged back-up battery packs for your devices, and a battery powered radio.
  • Recharge your laptop computer, cell phone, and other mobile devices as a precaution against a power outage.
  • Have flashlights with extra batteries for every household member.
  • Freeze water bottles or bags of water for food storage if the power goes out.
  • Have enough nonperishable food and water.
  • Make sure you can open your garage door if the power goes out.

If the power goes out:

  • Do not call 9-1-1 unless you are having a life-threatening emergency.
  • Call (800) 743-5002 or check the PG&E Outage Map for updates. 
  • Monitor local news for information and updates - local AM radio stations are a good source of information.

Downed Power Lines

If you see a downed powerline, pole and other electric equipment:

  • Move away from the area immediately
  • Report downed power lines immediately: call 911 and call PG&E at 1-800-743-5002
  • Never touch downed wires or try to move them
  • Assume any wire is energized and extremely dangerous
  • Keep children and animals away

For more safety information about downed power lines visit PG&E's website.

Traffic & Road Closures

Flooding or fallen trees may cause traffic back-ups and road closures. 

Resources for you to stay informed:

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.
  • If traffic signals are out or flashing red, come to a full stop at every intersection, and proceed as you would at a four-way stop.


Please also be aware that precipitation can increase the potential for mudslides on steeper terrain. If you see significant runoff on a slope that is not typically used for drainage, it could be due to a blockage or diversion of water from its regular course somewhere upstream. Please report these instances to Public Works. If you feel that the situation constitutes an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

  • Sausalito Residents: Please call (415) 289-4106 or call the Southern Marin Fire District (415) 388-8182.
  • Mill Valley Residents: Please call (415) 384-4800 or call the Southern Marin Fire District (415) 388-8182.
  • Marin County Residents: Please call (415) 473-7388 or call the Marin County Fire Department (415) 499-6717.
  • If it is an emergency - Call 911.


High tides, combined with high run-off sometimes leads to flooding on lower Miller Avenue and Camino Alto, as well as the Redwood Hwy Frontage Road. Please click here for High Tide information.

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