The storm arriving Tuesday in the Northstate has prompted the closure of part of Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
Park officials said with the potential for substantial rain starting Tuesday, as a safety precaution, the south side of the park will be closed through Wednesday. The closure includes Kennedy Memorial Drive at the Clair A. Hill Whiskeytown Dam, Brandy Creek Marina, and Crystal Creek Road. Park officials said in the post-Carr Fire landscape, environmental hazards increase during storms. The southern areas of the park, specifically the steep drainages on Shasta Bally, are susceptible to debris flows carrying rock, soil, mud, and water.
The National Weather Service also issued a Flash Flood Watch for areas burned in the North Complex fire in Butte County. That flash flood watch takes effect at 10 a.m. Tuesday through 4 a.m. Wednesday.
A post by the National Weather Service on Facebook said “Moderate to heavy rainfall could cause ash flows on newly burned areas, especially over the North Complex burn scar. It is important to not drive over areas where ash or debris is flowing, and stay connected to local alerts for updated information.”
Safety tips for burn scars and areas nearby:
- Do not drive over areas where ash or debris is flowing
- Stay connected to local alerts
- Turn around, don’t drown
Snow is expected at elevations 6,000 feet and higher.