Preparing for the BIG Storm in Davis, CA

The city of Davis has the following advice on how to deal with the big storm that’s going to hit the area for the next 3 days or so:

Storm Preparation Tips and City Contact Information

A major storm is on track to impact Northern California beginning Wednesday evening. According to the National Weather Service, this storm could be the strongest the region has seen in years. Current forecasts predict sustained winds of 20-30 mph with gusts of 40-50 mph and 1-3 inches of rain in the valley. The rain is predicted to begin Wednesday night and continue into Thursday. The heaviest rain is predicted for Thursday and stormy weather is expected to last into Friday.

In preparation for the forecasted storm, the City of Davis offers the following suggestions:


  • Ensure curbs, gutters and storm drains are clear of leaves and debris to minimize the impact on the storm drainage system. During significant rainstorms, street flooding can occur if there is too much water to move through the storm drain system or debris has blocked the drains.
  • Securely tether or bring in outside holiday decorations, outdoor furniture and umbrellas.
  • Grocery shop, fuel your vehicles, make sure your prescriptions are filled and do other essential errands in advance, so that you don’t have to go out during the storm.
  • Bring your pets inside before the storm hits.
  • Make a Family Communications Plan. It is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency.

During the Storm

  • Postpone all non-essential driving until after the storm. If you must drive, turn your headlights on, slow down, allow extra time to stop and watch for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Don’t drive through standing water. It doesn’t take a lot of water to cause a vehicle to stall or be set afloat.
  • Take precautions when walking and cycling, wet roads combined with wet leaves can create hazardous conditions. When cycling, use front and rear lights and wear bright, reflective clothing, as visibility for all road users will be decreased.
  • In preparation for a possible power outage, have battery-operated flashlights and radios with fresh batteries ready. Use battery-operated flashlights, not candles.
  • Once the storm begins, all athletic fields and the Toad Hollow Dog Park will be closed due to the inclement weather.
  • Monitor the media and the City’s website and social media channels for updates and emergency messages. Please don’t call 9-1-1 unless you have a true emergency.

Contact Information

  • Non-emergency needs, submit a work request at via the Go Davis – Customer Service Center.
  • Medical or public safety emergencies, call 9-1-1
    ▫ Cell phone users/Police Emergencies: (530) 758-3600
    ▫ Cell phone users/Fire Emergencies: (530) 756-3400
  • Fallen Trees/Limbs:
    ▫ During business hours – Davis Parks (530) 757-5633
    ▫ After hours – Davis Police non-emergency line (530) 747-5400
  • Traffic Signal & Street Light Outages/Downed Street Signs:
    ▫ During business hours – Davis Public Works (530) 757-5686
    ▫ After hours – Davis Police non-emergency line (530) 747-5400
  • Localized Flooding and Drainage Issues
    ▫ During business hours – Davis Public Works (530) 757-5686
    ▫ After hours – Davis Police non-emergency line (530) 747-5400
  • Power outage or downed power lines, contact PG&E at 1-800-743-5002
    For online services:

City Website & Social Media Channels for Updates and Emergency Messages

City of Davis crews will be working throughout the community and will respond to your requests as soon as they are able.