Storms and Flooding

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Floods - Before. During. After.

If you are seeking recovery and re-building City and County information from the Hill and Woolsey Fire, please visit the Joint Information VC Recovery Page. A Homeowner Guide  for Flooding, Debris and Erosion Control is available.

For sandbag information, please review the information listed below. Please contact the City Public Works Department at (805) 449-2499 about debris on public property or in public drainage facilities.

Additional information is available related to flooding and rain and flooding preparedness  at National Flood Insurance Program or Local Rain and Flooding Preparedness

 To be alerted to emergencies within Ventura County, please register for VC Alert  For information on the National Weather Service and flooding guidance, visit the National Weather Service.

Before the Storm

  • Assemble emergency supplies for your home and place of work and monitor local weather reports.
  • Store emergency building materials in a location away from potential flooding.
  • Store a seven-day supply of water (at least one gallon per person, per day) in closed, clean containers.
  • Remind children not to play in or near rivers, streams, or other areas of potential flooding.
  • Maintain fuel in your cars; electrical outages might make gasoline pumps inoperable.
  • Identify safe routes from your home or work place to high, safe ground. Determine whether you can use these routes during flooding or storms. Be familiar with your geographic surroundings and review your home flood insurance policy through the FEMA National Map Program.
  • Clear debris and overgrowth from on-site drainage facilities.
  • Contact the City Public Works Department at (805) 449-2499 about debris and overgrowth in public drainage facilities.
  • Work with neighbors to solve potential drainage problems and to avoid diverting debris onto their properties. Consult a licensed civil engineer if you're in doubt.

When There's a Storm Warning or Watch

  • Relocate valuables from lower to upper floors.
  • Be prepared to move to a safe area before flood waters cut off access when local authorities advise.
  • Identify an out-of-state contact so that friends and relatives can obtain information about your condition and whereabouts.
  • Disconnect all electrical appliances or turn off electric circuits at the fuse panel or circuit breaker panel before evacuating.
  • Shut off gas service at the meter and water service at the main valve.

During the Storm

  • Avoid unnecessary trips.
  • Do not drive or walk through moving water.
  • Do not "sightsee" or enter restricted areas.
  • Stay away from streams, rivers, flood control channels, and other areas subject to sudden flooding.
  • Move to higher ground if you're caught by rising waters.
  • Abandon your vehicle immediately if it stalls. Seek higher ground. Attempts to move stalled vehicles have caused many deaths.
  • Listen to the radio or watch television for information and instructions.
  • Use the phone only to report dangerous conditions or emergencies that are life threatening.

After the Storm

  • Listen to the radio or watch television for information and instructions from local officials.
  • Call your utility companies to restore service.
  • Do not use fresh or canned foods that have come in contact with flood waters.
  • Follow the instructions of local officials regarding the safety of drinking water. Boil or purify water if you're in doubt. Pump out wells and test the water before drinking.
  • Avoid going into disaster areas.
  • Stay away from live electrical equipment in wet areas. Check electrical equipment or appliances that may have come in contact with water before using them.
  • Maintain a safe distance from downed power lines and broken gas lines; immediately report them to the appropriate utility.
  • Use flashlights, rather than lanterns, candles, or matches, to check on the condition of buildings.
  • Flammables may be present.


In case of flooding emergencies only, Thousand Oaks residents can access sand and bags from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at local fire stations. Before arriving at the station, residents are advised to contact local fire personnel and be prepared to show identification. The County Fire District will provide sandbags to home owners to the extent allowable. It is important to note that the County Fire District emergency sandbag distribution program is provided based on available resources and that it is the responsibility of each property owner to prepare and prevent storm damage of property. Please consider the following guidelines specific to the use and placement of sandbags:

  1. Fill sandbags half-full. Use sand if it is available, but any local soil may be used and if possible, use close-weave burlap bags.
  2. Remove debris and obstructions from the area where the sandbags will be placed and place the sandbags to redirect water, mud or debris, not dam it
  3. When placing sandbags, fold the top of the sandbag down and rest the bag on its folded top.
  4. The half-filled bags should be placed lengthwise and parallel to the direction of the water flow. Stamp on the bags as they are placed to eliminate gaps.
  5. Do not place sandbags directly against the outer wall of a building. Wet bags can create added pressure on the foundation.
  6. Sandbags should be placed in staggered layers. Limit the layers to three unless the sandbags are braced or stacked in pyramids.
  7. It takes time to construct a wall of sandbags. Plan ahead! It is much easier to place sandbags before you are dealing with heavy runoff.

How many sandbags will I need for a 100 lineal feet sandbag wall?

One foot high: 600-800 bags, 10-13 cubic yards of sand. Two feet high: 1,400-2,000 bags, 23-33 cubic yards of sand.Three feet high: 2,200-3,400 bags, 37-57 cubic yards of sand. Sand and sandbags may be purchased from the following local retailers:

  1. Carlson's Building Supplies - 1538 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 495-3711
  2. Do It Center - 3775 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. (805) 497-2753
  3. Home Depot - 2745 Teller Road (805) 375- 6680

For questions about the County Sandbag Distribution Program, please contact the Ventura County Fire Department. To contact a fire station directly, please call: (805) 371-1111, then enter the two-digit station number as listed on this page.

  • Station 31: 151 N. Duesenberg Drive, Thousand Oaks
  • Station 32: 830 Reino Road, Newbury Park
  • Station 33: 33 Lake Sherwood Drive, Thousand Oaks
  • Station 34: 555 E. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks
  • Station 35: 2500 W. Hillcrest Drive, Thousand Oaks
  • Station 36: 855 Deerhill Road, Oak Park