Heavy rains can present a threat to life and property:
- Causing localized or flash flooding and dangerously swift moving water
- Weakening soil, resulting in erosion and mudslides
- Weakening foundations, producing pot holes and carrying debris onto roads
Monitor severe weather
During periods of severe weather causing wide-spread damage to utilities, facilities or transportation, Carlsbad residents are encouraged to consult the Emergency Information page and local media to stay informed.
Monitor stations that broadcast emergency alert messages: local TV and radio stations KOGO-AM 600 kHz and KLSD-AM 1360kHz. Have battery powered radios on hand and preset those stations.
Flood warnings are disseminated by the Emergency Alert System through local radio and television stations (KOGO-AM600, KFMB-AM760, KPBS-FM89.5, FOX6, KFBM8, KGTV10, KNSD, KSWB, KUSI, KBNT, XHAS, and KPBC) and by NOAA Weather Radio at 162.40 MHz.
Prepare for heavy rains
Residents should plan to be self-sufficient for the first 72 hours of any emergency. (Learn more about planning for emergencies).
Carlsbad residents may obtain up to 10 pre-filled sandbags (free of charge) from Transportation Department offices located at 405 Oak Avenue during normal business hours 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Proof of residency required. Sandbags are not avialable after hours, however, for after hour flooding or related emergencies that Streets staff can assist with, residents may call 760-931-2197 and state the nature of the request or ask for the duty public works supervisor. A limited number of sandbags (bags only) are available at Carlsbad Fire Station 5, 2540 Orion Way. (Learn how to properly fill and place sandbags.)
What to do in the event of heavy rains and flooding
- Stay clear of areas of flooding.
- Stay clear of swift moving water; never drive through it.
- Stay clear of beaches during periods of high surf or severe rip currents.