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Santa Maria city crews prepare for rain

Posted at 6:30 PM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 21:42:38-05

In Santa Maria, city crews spent the day Friday preparing for rain.

The city maintains about 40,000 trees in the area.

City officials say if the ground gets too saturated and there are high winds, trees could fall over, so crews are monitoring problem areas and they’ll be on-call in case they’re needed over the weekend.

“Every time there’s heavy precipitation in the forecast, our crews go out proactively and make sure that all gutters and all the drains are clear of debris so water flows where it needs to go,” said Mark van de Kamp, City of Santa Maria Public Information Officer.

There are also five locations where residents can get sand for sandbags. Bags are not provided.

Click here for a complete list of sandbag locations on the Central Coast.