Rainfall expected to be heavy Tuesday

October 2, 2018

BULLHEAD CITY — With heavy rain expected Tuesday, the Bullhead City Fire Department, Bullhead City Police Department and Mohave County Emergency Management personnel are working to minimize the impacts of the expected storms.

According to the Natonal Weather Service in Las Vegas, heavy rainfall was expected to begin overnight Monday and continue into today. The area is under a flash flood watch through late tonight.

The Bullhead City and Fort Mojave Mesa fire departments are offering sandbags and sand. Emergency personnel advise anyone who normally experiences flooding around their home to take additional measures to secure your residence. The sandbags will be self-serve at Fire Station 2, 1230 Highway 95 in Bullhead City, and Fire Station 91, on Joy Lane in Fort Mohave.

Tropical moisture, provided by the remnants of Tropical Storm Rosa in the Pacific, is providing the fuel for showers and thunderstorms across southeast California, southern Nevada and northwest Arizona, according to the National Weather Service. Some storms could have rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour, leading to a risk of flash flooding, especially in low-lying areas, along mountain washes and downstream of the mountains.

Officials are closely monitoring the situation: all residents are encouraged to avoid flooded areas for their own safety and to allow for an efficient emergency response.

The Bullhead City Fire Department offered these flood safety tips:

Turn Around, Don’t Drown!Avoid walking or driving through flood watersJust 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash flooding is the No. 1 cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.If floodwaters rise around your car, but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Remain in the car if the water is moving.

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