Our weather this week is expected to be a mixed bag of snow and rain. San Bernardino County public safety officials and crews will be monitoring conditions round the clock for the duration of this week’s storms, and will be ready with equipment to respond to affected areas. The County Department of Public Works has prepositioned electronic message boards on Highway 330, Highway 18, and Green Valley Lake to keep mountain travelers informed of the possibility of flooding and debris flows. Travelers can do their part by being prepared, such as carrying chains in your vehicle and knowing how to install them as necessary, pack extra food and water, a first aid kit and a shovel and flashlight. And, most importantly, slow down during conditions of rain, sleet, snow, high wind and fog.
Mountain community residents in need of sand bags have several locations to turn to: Big Bear Lake residents can create their own sand bags, with materials provided for you, at the City’s Public Works Yard on Garstin Drive; Fawnskin residents can turn to County Fire Station #49 in Fawnskin; and for East Valley residents, sandbags are available from the Big Bear City Fire Department.