2021 flood preparedness banner

• EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS & RESOURCES •

Board of Supervisors Proclamation Resolution

2021 Flood Preparedness Week

It is finally here! The Ventura County Board of Supervisors has officially proclaimed October 23-30, 2021 “Flood Preparedness Week.”

Building on the success of last year’s virtual event, Public Works staff have created videos and resources to explain and prepare for flooding events in Ventura County. So go ahead and explore the site and learn how you can be aware, be prepared, and take action against flooding in our community. Thank you for joining this journey to build a more resilient and flood-ready County.

2021FloodResolution

HISTORY

Flooding in Ventura County

Ventura County has experienced multiple flood events throughout the years and some of the most destructive events in recent times occurred in 1969, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1992, 1995, 1998 and 2005. The devastating reality of flooding can lead to lost lives, major disruptions in daily activities and millions of dollars in damages. The image on the left is of flooding in Haines Barranca by the city of Santa Paula in 2005. Check out the link below to learn more about some of the major flooding events within Ventura County over the years.

Weather Radar Sample

FLOOD RISK AND PLANNING

Drought, Fire or Flood

2020 was the driest water year on record for Ventura County prompting red flag fire warnings and water shortages and yet the risk of flooding is still present – how? New climate data reveal increased weather variability leading to more drastic swings between extreme drought, fire and flood for Ventura County. Regardless of weather predictions like El Niño or La Niña, a single atmospheric river event can bring intense precipitation and damaging floodwater or mudflows. With that in mind, the best time to prepare for a flood is now.

1.DWR Climate Change Basics
2.DWR Atmospheric Rivers
3.FEMA Floodsmart

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Family Flood Preparedness

Public Works helps keep you safe by being prepared not only for disasters but at home too! Here is a light-hearted reminder of how to be prepared for natural disasters, and we give you links to help make your family safer today.

Here are the 3 simple clicks to help keep your family safe:
1. Stay Informed
2. Have an Emergency Plan
3. Have Emergency Kits

READY.GOV

INTERVIEW WITH KVTA

Flood Preparedness Week

VCPWA Watershed Protection Director Glenn Shephard sat down with Tom Spence at KVTA News AM 1590 to discuss the National Flood Preparedness Week and how important it is to be prepared, even during periods of drought, because flooding can and will still happen here in Ventura County.

1.VC Flood Warning System
2.USGS Surface Runoff and the Water Cycle
3.FEMA Hydrophobic Soil After Fire
4.VC Sheriff Ormond Beach Cleanup

More Information from the CA Department of Water Resources

WATERSHED PROTECTION

The Piru Stormwater Capture for Groundwater Recharge Project

Did you know our Watershed Protection District connected the County storm drain system and United Water Conservation District water infiltration basin to capture stormwater for groundwater recharge?

In short, this means that before water enters the infiltration basin, it is filtered and cleaned in a hydrodynamic separator. Everything that stormwater picks up in Piru streets ends up in the separator and is removed for a proper disposal to keep Piru Creek clean! We’ve discovered a variety of things so far, including hundreds of plastic eggs after Easter egg hunts and disposable plastic bottles, which is why its important to throw away your trash and recycle!

Resources: Pollutants Worksheet | Watershed Coloring Book | Groundwater Foundation Resources | Groundwater at Geography4Kids

WATERSHED PROTECTION

The Casitas Springs Fresno Canyon Diversion Project

One of VCPWA’s Watershed Protection District main responsibilities is to provide for the control and conservation of flood and stormwater. One of their latest projects is working to reduce repeated flooding in the Casitas Springs community and State Route 33 by constructing a new 1,500 square foot storm drain facility, the Fresno Canyon Diversion. This video shows you the step by step process of the project, including the installation of a 9-foot reinforced concrete pipe (RCP) from Fresno Canyon under State Route 33 to the Ventura River for conveying stormwater, debris and sediment.

WATERSHED PROTECTION

Day in the Life of a Hydrologist

Watershed Protection staff members go into the field to maintain equipment which is used to monitor rainfall, stream flow, lake levels and other meteorological information in real time. The video will show staff using hydrology equipment during a rain event.

Resources: Flood Preparedness Coloring Book EnglishSpanish

LEARN MORE

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

Safety First

Public Works helps keep you safe by being prepared not only for disasters but at home too! Here is a light-hearted reminder of how to be prepared for possible flooding in Ventura County, and we give you links to help make your family safer today.

Here are the 3 simple clicks to help keep your family safe:
1. Stay Informed
2. Have an Emergency Plan
3. Have Emergency Kits

READY.GOV

FLOOD SIMULATIONS & GAMES FROM THE CA DEPARTMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

FloodGame

EDUCATIONAL

Atmospheric Rivers

What is an atmospheric river and how does it influence weather in Ventura? Atmospheric rivers are narrow bands of highly concentrated moisture that are critical to the water supply in California, but can cause flooding from the intense, concentrated precipitation they bring.

LEARN MORE

FLOOD HAZARD MITIGATION

Hazard Mitigation Planning in Ventura County

Ventura County enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, but it’s not without hazard risks. We cannot control when and where disasters will strike, but we can save lives and reduce property damage by better understanding hazard risk and by taking action to mitigate those risks proactively. This video provides information about the effort Ventura County is undertaken to update the county-wide multi-hazard mitigation plan.

Resources:  Ready Ventura County

WATERSHED PROTECTION DISTRICT

Pervious Concrete

A new technology that is hitting the pavement is Pervious concrete! It contains void spaces to let stormwater through for subsurface infiltration when it rains. Think about it, if rainwater flows quickly through the storm drains and channels it out to the ocean, we will not have a chance to use it before it becomes just as salty as the ocean. Stormwater staff are here to tell you more about Stormwater Pollution Prevention and how you can help to save our water.

LEARN MORE

EDUCATIONAL

STEAM Academy

In 2019, Public Works staff went back to school at the Rio Del Sol STEAM Academy to teach Mr. Ricky Koga’s second graders about the importance of the water cycle and watershed stewardship. The Academy is located adjacent to the Santa Clara River Levee and the students learned about how the levee protects parts of Oxnard from flooding.

DOWNLOADS

Coloring +
Activity Book

RESOURCES

For Kids
& Teens!

RESOURCES

Ventura County
Flood Info

KEEP UP WITH PWA

Sign up to receive more information on future Public Works events!