The National Weather Service (NWS) is warning of a strong storm system that has arrived in the region, lasting through Sunday, February 26. The storm will bring strong winds, cold temperatures, and persistent rain to the City of Chino. Peak wind gusts are forecasted to be 25-35 mph through today, with the potential for tree damage, power outages, and travel impacts on our freeways and area airports.
Rain will begin Thursday, with total precipitation over the weekend period reaching 3”- 4”. The heaviest rain is expected Friday into Saturday. Greater hourly rain rates and even possible snowfall is expected north of Chino in the foothills and will make its way through our channels and waterways, increasing the likelihood of local flooding and road closures. Residents and commuters are urged to focus on safety, staying clear of all waterways and flood channels.
The Chino Valley Fire District and the Chino Police Department will patrol the flood channels, evacuating and encouraging individuals to stay away, and providing referrals and assistance as necessary.
We encourage residents to prepare in the following manner:
• Sign up for Chino Notify, our Community and Emergency Alert System. This system enables us to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of situations, such as severe weather, unexpected road closures, missing persons, press releases, and evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods.
• Secure outdoor objects that may be blown away.
• Stay in touch with friends and family members who may need assistance during the extreme cold weather and ensure their heating needs. DO NOT use barbeques or gas stoves for heating homes.
• Visit weather.gov or ready.gov for emergency preparedness tips and other resources.
• Follow Chino PD and Chino Valley Fire District social media for updates.
• Use your mobile phone to report downed trees or debris cleanup on the City’s Fix It Form.
• Refrain from unnecessary driving. If you must, slow down while driving in the rain, avoiding any deep puddles or fast water flows; allow extra travel time and use caution.
Sandbags Chino Valley Fire encourages you to prepare before the storm by picking up sand and sandbags. Properly placed sandbags are an effective way to prevent or reduce floodwater damage because they can act as a barrier to divert moving water away from your home. Chino Valley Fire offers up to 25 sandbags and sand to Chino Valley residents at no cost. Sand and sandbags are located outside of the fire station and can be accessed 24/7 at the following stations:
- FS 61–5078 Schaefer Ave., Chino
- FS 63–7550 Kimball Ave., Chino
- FS 67–5980 Riverside Dr., Chino
Dial 911 to report an emergency. Report non-emergencies to Chino PD at (909) 628-1234.
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CONTACTS: Vivian Castro, firstname.lastname@example.org (909) 334-3307.