The Town of Mammoth Lakes is notifying all residents and visitors that a Flood Watch remains in effect through Monday, January 9, 2017. A significant Atmospheric River is bringing intense, torrential rainfall to Mammoth Lakes. Residents and visitors are advised to stay off the streets and in their homes or accommodations and away from, creeks, streams and flood prone areas. Do not attempt to drive through moving water and stay off frozen lakes and ponds. Significant travel delays and road closures are possible and travel should be limited to emergencies only.
A Flood Watch for Mammoth Lakes is still in effect from The National Weather Service that includes a period of intense rainfall with snow levels rising as high as 8,000 to 9,000 feet through Monday morning. Rainfall totals of 6 to 12 inches west of Highway 395 with 2 to 6 inches of rain for communities along Highway 395.
The Town advises residents and visitors to be prepared by listening to KMMT 106.5 and Sierra Wave 92.5 for any road closures or shelter openings. The Town will also post updated information on the Public Information Line: (760) 965-3612, Town e-News and www.Townofmammothlakes.ca.gov. In the event of any emergency, please call 911 for assistance.
Sandbags are still available for residential property use from the Town Yard (299 Commerce Drive). The Town asks that you only take what you need and be respectful of others. To report areas of flooding, please call (760) 965-3681and be prepared to leave a short, concise message. Your call will be returned in a timely manner. In the event of any emergency, please call 911 for assistance.
In preparation for the winter storm and Flood Watch, the Town advises residents to stock up on water, food, first aid supplies, clothing and bedding, tools and emergency supplies, along with special items for medical conditions. You may also consider an alternative way to heat your home; and if you have to drive, carry chains, make sure your gas tank is full, bring a charged cell phone, emergency food, water and blankets or sleeping bags and a shovel.