Mountain View police and city officials are asking residents to brace for heavy rainfall and potential flooding over the weekend, as a major storm system approaches the California coast starting Friday night.
The latest information released by the National Weather Service warns that Mountain View could see between 3 and 4 inches of rain by Monday afternoon, with the heaviest downpours occurring midday Sunday.
A wind advisory for the city and much of the Bay Area will be in effect on Saturday from 4 a.m. to 1 p.m., and a flash food watch will be in effect from 4 p.m. Saturday until 11 p.m. on Sunday.
Two shelters will be available in Mountain View during the inclement weather for people in need, according to an advisory notice by the Mountain View Police Department.
The Mountain View Senior Center, located at 266 Escuela Ave., will available from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The Community Services Agency on 204 Stierlin Road is also providing shelter space, and will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sandbags will also be available for residents at Mountain View's Municipal Operations Center at 231 North Whisman Road. Bags will be provided, but residents are asked to bring their own shovels. Anyone with questions about sandbags can call 650-903-6329.
Police are asking residents to report any flooding or standing water that could pose a safety hazard or block traffic by calling 650-903-6329 during normal business hours, or 650-903-6395 after hours and on weekends.
Residents are also being asked to avoid walking or driving through flooded areas, and to report any downed power lines.
A similar storm struck the Bay Area on Dec. 11, 2014, flooding several areas of the city including several of Mountain View's major thoroughfares and highway off-ramps. At the time, the city's police and fire department staff created a map of all the reported trouble spots. Police are planning to do a similar map this weekend if the weather is as bad as it's predicted to be, according to police spokeswoman Katie Nelson.
Additional tips on how to prepare for flooding are available on the most recent police blog post, and live updates from the Mountain View Police Department will be available on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Nixle.