One More Storm To Go For Ventura County

Wednesday January 16, 2019

(Photo of snow-capped mountains above Ojai courtesy Ventura County Fire Department)

For official information: https://www.vcemergency.com/ 

For the latest rainfall totals: https://www.vcwatershed.net/fws/gmap.html 

(When you use the links always hit refresh after you get there)

 

...THE FLOOD ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 900 PM PST FOR SOUTHEASTERN
 VENTURA AND SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL LOS ANGELES COUNTIES...
 
 Most of the heavy rain has moved out of the area, and rainfall
 rates were mostly less than one tenth of an inch per hour. 
 Therefore, the flood advisory will be allowed to expire.
 However, periods of rain will continue through this evening, and 
 rain is expected to become steadier and heavier later tonight
 and early Thursday.

 

Update at 6:45 PM Wednesday---CHP is responding to several reports of rocks and boulders in the roadway including a boulder block SB 33 five miles north of Wheeler Gorge north of Ojai.  Also, a boulder in traffic lanes on Box Canyon Road at Santa Susana Pass Road near Simi Valley, and then east of Ojai on EB 150 near the Dennison Grade, rocks in the roadway, Caltrans was dealing with it.  There has also been an uptick in traffic incidents that may be rain related.

 

Ventura CA-Los Angeles CA-
 613 PM PST WED JAN 16 2019
 
 The National Weather Service in OXNARD has issued a
 
 * Flood Advisory for...
   Southeastern Ventura County in southwestern California... 
   Southern and Central Los Angeles County in southwestern California...
   Including the Woolsey, Hill, South and Stone burn areas
 
 
 * Until 900 PM PST.
 
 * At 600 PM PST, Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated 
   moderate to heavy showers spreading across much of Los Angeles and 
   Ventura Counties. Rainfall rates were between 0.20 and 0.40 inches 
   of an hour in most areas. This rain will cause widespread ponding 
   of water on area roadways and local flooding of low lying areas 
   and intersections. 
 
 * Some locations that will experience flooding include...
   Los Angeles, Long Beach, Hollywood, Thousand Oaks, Malibu, 
   Inglewood, Hollywood, Culver City, the South and Stone burn areas, 
   and portions of the Woolsey and Hill burn areas. In and around the 
   burn areas, minor mudslides and rockslides are possible. 


Mandatory Evacuations Areas

  • South Coast of Ventura County/Community of Malibu
  • Matilija / Wheeler Springs / North fork (extending along Oso Road)

 

Voluntary Evacuations Areas

  • Bell Canyon (entire community)
  • Oak Park (specific homes adjacent to the hillsides)
  • Residences east of Hwy 33 / Casitas Springs (Vista Burn area)
  • Ventura City – The voluntary evacuations were lifted at midnight on 1/15/19 and will be reinstated effective today at 5:00 pm.
  • La Conchita
  • East Ojai

 

Advisory Areas

Due to unpredictable circumstances, residents are advised to be aware of changing conditions and take immediate action to evacuate should the situation become unsafe.

  • Camarillo Springs
  • Nye Road
  • West of Hwy 33 (Sycamore Dr. at Edison Dr.)

 

Updated at 3 PM Wednesday--Ventura County prepares for one last storm in the series of storms we've been dealing with since the beginning of the month.

It will arrive Wednesday afternoon and last through Thursday.

After that, the rest of the month should be dry.

Tuesday's storm provided much-needed rain to a drought-starved region without any major problems in the burn areas or the rest of the county for that matter.

Portions of the county recorded 1-3 inches of rain while others had much less than that.

What did not materialize were the high-intensity rains that were feared would cause problems in the Thomas and Woolsey burn scars.

The final storm Wednesday night and Thursday could contain those high rainfall rates, especially in the Woolsey and Hill burn scars.

This final storm will bring 1-3 inches of rain in the coastal and valley areas with 2-5 inches in the foothills and mountains, especially those with south facing slopes.

The heaviest rain for Ventura County will be late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The snow level will be very high (7,000 feet-plus) because this is a warmer storm.

A period of dry, windy, weather will start on Friday and last through most of the rest of the month.

Updated rainfall totals for the 12 hours from 8 AM to 8 PM Wednesday...

.VENTURA COUNTY COASTAL
 SATICOY........................... 0.55
 VENTURA........................... 0.29
 CSU CHANNEL ISLANDS............... 0.28
 SILVERSTRAND BEACH................ 0.20
 LA CONCHITA....................... 0.19
 OXNARD - NWS...................... 0.13
 CAMARILLO (KCMA).................. 0.12
 
 .VENTURA COUNTY W. VLYS
 MATILIJA DAM...................... 0.64
 FAGAN CANYON...................... 0.55
 STEWART CANYON.................... 0.42
 STATION CANYON.................... 0.35
 SOUTH MOUNTAIN.................... 0.31
 OJAI.............................. 0.31
 LAKE CASITAS...................... 0.29
 
 .VENTURA COUNTY E. VLYS
 THOUSAND OAKS..................... 0.43
 CHEESEBORO........................ 0.36
 ROCKY PEAK........................ 0.35
 CIRCLE X RANCH.................... 0.31
 FILLMORE.......................... 0.26
 MOORPARK.......................... 0.20
 PIRU.............................. 0.19
 SIMI VALLEY....................... 0.18
 WESTLAKE VILLAGE.................. 0.15
 NEWBURY PARK...................... 0.13
 SYCAMORE CANYON DAM............... 0.12
 
 .VENTURA COUNTY MTNS
 NORDHOFF RIDGE.................... 1.26
 ROSE VALLEY....................... 0.87
 ORTEGA HILL....................... 0.83
 MATILIJA CANYON UPPER............. 0.75
 WHITE LEDGE PEAK.................. 0.67
 NORTH FORK MATILIJA............... 0.64
 OLD MAN MOUNTAIN.................. 0.51
 HUNGRY VALLEY..................... 0.43
 ALAMO MOUNTAIN.................... 0.35
 LOCKWOOD VALLEY................... 0.30
 CHUCHUPATE........................ 0.12