Floods Follow Fires
After a wildfire, the risk of flooding and mudflow increases due to the compromised landscapes. Wildfires dramatically alter the terrain and ground conditions. Normally, vegetation absorbs rainfall, reducing runoff. However, wildfires leave the ground charred, barren, and unable to absorb water, creating conditions ripe for flash flooding and mudflow. Without plants to hold the earth in place, even a small amount of rain can start a mudflow. This can happen quickly and with little warning.
Get flood ready! Visit Santa Clara Valley Water District for more flood protection resources.
Sandbag distribution sites are located throughout the County of Santa Clara. The sites may only be stocked with sand and empty bags during storm events. While shovels are provided at these sites, you may want to bring one, just in case.