Winter Weather Information

**Information last updated on February 21, 2017, 12:50 PM

For additional up-to-date information regarding flooding also visit this website:

Sacramento Office of Emergency Service-February storms

Returning Home After A Flood – Sacramento County


Call 2-1-1 Sacramento by dialing 2-1-1 or 916-498-1000 for any additional resources needed that are not listed here such as additional homeless shelter information. 


For storm preparation information visit: WWW.STORMREADY.ORG

For flood insurance information visit: WWW.FLOODSMART.GOV

For emergency alerts visit: WWW.SACRAMENTOREADY.ORG

For current stream levels visit: WWW.SACFLOOD.ORG Report localized flooding by dialing 3-1-1

For current road closures visit:

Video on how to fill sandbags: 


Emergency Notifications/Evacuation Centers:

RIO LINDA: The County Office of Emergency Services advises that the river gauges in the Dry Creek area are dropping, and the voluntary evacuation has been lifted. Water levels will be continually monitored. You can also monitor water levels at

WILTON AREA:  The County Office of Emergency Services advises that the evacuation notice for the Wilton area has been rescinded. Weather and water gauges will continue to be monitored. You can also monitor water levels at

TYLER ISLAND & WALNUT GROVE: The evacuation advisory for residents in Tyler Island and the east section of Walnut Grove has been lifted. Repair work for the levee in Tyler Island has been completed, and residents are cleared to return to their homes. Residents should be aware of road closures and should not attempt to drive through water on the roads. Even water that looks shallow can stall or wash away a car or may hide additional dangers. Though some roads may no longer be flooded, flood water may have damaged roads; road inspections will ensure roads are safe and passable. For a list of current road closures visit


Disaster Cleanup Information:

Returning Home After A Flood – Sacramento County

Water Wells Contaminated Due to Flooding
County of Sacramento: 3-1-1 or 916-875-4311

Flooding Sewage Spills Personal Protection and Cleanup
County of Sacramento: 916-875-8550

Food Safety After a Flood
County of Sacramento: 916-875-8440

Sandbag Locations:

When filled and placed properly, sandbags can help minimize the damage caused by floodwaters and heavy rains. When conditions warrant, Sacramento County and the cities in Sacramento County may make sandbags available to residents. In addition, many hardware stores also carry sandbag supplies.

Sacramento County Sandbag Information:
Sacramento County sandbag sites: (check website for open locations)

City of Sacramento Sandbag Information: (No locations open – Dial 3-1-1 for updated information)


City of Galt Sandbag Information: (No locations open) 

City of Folsom Sandbag Information: (2 locations open)

City of Rancho Cordova Sandbag Information: (No locations open-Check website for updates)

City of Elk Grove Sandbag Information: (No locations open-Check website for updates)


Cold Weather Resources for those Experiencing Homelessness

Winter Sanctuary – First Step Communities – 916-769-8877 or 916-622-1671
Wind Youth Shelter – 916-561-4900
Pick up Locations:

  • Across from Loaves & Fishes Complex – 1400 North C Street, Unit E, Sacramento, CA, 95811      
  • Wind Youth Drop-in Center – 3671 Fifth Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95820 – (THIS INTAKE LOCATION ONLY FOR YOUTH AGES 18 – 24)

A nightly shelter for single men and women (no children) that is a collaboration between First Step Communities, E49 Corporation, and Sacramento Self Help Housing. This shelter transports guests in need of shelter from one of the two pick-up locations to a different house of worship each evening throughout the winter months of November 21st through March 31st. A sleeping bag, a hot dinner, continental breakfast, and shelter are provided to the guests of this program. Screening for new clients at both pick-up locations: Monday through Friday 3 – 4:15 pm (arrive at 2:30 pm if not there the previous night), Check in for all pickup locations: Monday through Sunday 3 pm. Check out: Clients are dropped off at 7 am at the pickup locations.


Warming Center – Union Gospel Mission: 400 Bannon Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

Winter warming center open to 150 men, women and children that were not able to secure a bed from one of the shelters in town. The warming center allows people to find refuge from winter weather November 7, 2016, through the first week in March of 2017, depending on the weather. Hot drinks and snacks are provided. Located in the cafeteria where clients sit at tables, no bed provided. Clients are not allowed to sleep on the premises. No smoking, drinking or cussing, All rules have to be observed for the safety of all. May arrive anytime after 10 pm, seven days a week.  


Winter Shelter Program – Rancho Cordova HART: The Way of Life Church, 10415 Folsom Boulevard, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670

Emergency shelter program provided by the local faith-based community during the cold weather months. Open to homeless men and women (children on a case by case basis) in zip codes 95628, 65670, 95741 and 95742. Shelter is open from December 26, 2016 to February 25, 2017, 6 pm – 6 am at rotating community churches in Rancho Cordova. Intake: Monday through Sunday 5 – 6 pm. Clients are dropped off at the shelter location and then returned to The Way of Life Church at 6 am the following morning. Photo ID required.  TB test is not required. Dinner and breakfast served. Sleeping bag and cot provided. No pets are allowed.


Weather Refuge Center – (Pilot Expansion Winter Warming Centers – City and County of Sacramento): Southside Park Pool House,
2017 Sixth Street, Sacramento, CA 95818

Warming centers open on days when the Pilgrimage Rotating Shelter is not open and overnight temperatures are forecast to be at or below 40 degrees. Open to men, women, and children. Provides a heated indoor space with blankets, water, hot chocolate, and snacks. The center will be CLOSED February 21st and February 22nd. All dates are subject to change if the forecast changes to be above 40 degrees. Will be open additional dates which have not yet been confirmed. Pets are welcome. Dog kennels of varying sizes, bags of dog food, blankets for each kennel and veterinary services will be provided on site. Donations of new blankets can be brought to the warming center during open hours.


Elk Grove HART Winter Sanctuary: Elk Grove United Methodist Church, 8986 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove, CA 95624
209-730-6751-Recorded Information about winter shelter

916-623-5858-Elk Grove HART Main Line

A rotating emergency shelter program by the local faith-based community during the cold weather months to provide shelter for people who are homeless in Elk Grove. Serves zip codes: ZIP codes 95624, 95757, 95758 and 95759. Begins December 11, 2016, and runs for 12 weeks ending March 4, 2017. Local churches will provide accommodations for up to 20 men and women with a warm, dry place to sleep, a hot meal, and friendly companionship. Dinner and breakfast served. Sleeping bag and cot provided. Intake: Monday through Sunday 5:30 – 6 pm (Do not arrive earlier than 5:15 pm) at Elk Grove Methodist Church. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Transportation provided to the local host church each night. Bikes can be stored and guests can bring one bag/backpack, but the churches do not have storage for other items. No pets.


First Step Communities: Pilgrimage Rotating Overnight Shelter at various locations

A rotating emergency shelter program that provides the basic necessities of shelter, safety, and meals to homeless adults by collaborating with local food banks and churches. Meets 8-10 times per month at different sponsoring churches for overnights. Only one church is open per night.  Clients are provided shelter for the night including a sleeping mat and bag. Cots available for those with special sleeping needs. Dinner, breakfast, and movie provided. Intake: Show up at the church doors at 5 pm on a scheduled overnight. Check the online calendar for dates, locations and times. Open to adults 18 and older.


Downtown Winter Warming Center: 904 11th Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

With continued extreme winter weather, Volunteers of America is partnering with the City of Sacramento to provide an emergency overnight winter refuge for 40 homeless individuals and their pets. •    The temporary location is located at 904 11th Street (11th x I Street) •    The heated indoor space will be open every night from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. •    Blankets, water, and snacks will be provided. •    To access the shelter please report in person to the 11th Street location for intake. An ongoing emergency winter refuge location is being sought to operate through April of 2017.


Stanford Settlement Warming Center: 1400 North C Street, Suite E, Sacramento, CA 95811
916-769-8877 or 916-622-1671

In response to continued inclement weather Volunteers of America, Sacramento County, and the Stanford Settlement have opened an emergency winter shelter.

  • Stanford Settlement will provide spaces for up to 25 homeless individuals during cold and wet weather for the balance of the winter.
  • Volunteers of America will be providing overnight supervision, transportation, and food.
  • The County is providing water, blankets, and security.
  • To access shelter services report to the Winter Sanctuary intake main site: 1400 North “C” Street, Suite E (across the street from Loaves & Fishes).
  • Daily Intake is at 3:30 p.m. Guests are encouraged to line up early as new program openings are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Prior night participation guarantees the guest’s spot for the next night.


Warming Center – Wind Youth Services: 3671 Fifth Ave., Sacramento, CA 95820 (ONLY YOUTH AGES 18 – 24)

Provides an emergency overnight winter refuge for 15 homeless youth ages 18-24 and their pets. Open daily from February 8th to March 31st. Sleeping mats, sleeping bags, water and snacks will be provided. Telephone or walk-in during intake hours (Monday through Sunday 6 am – 4 pm) to get on the list for that night. It is first come first served so clients are advised to call or walk-in as early as possible. Clients who stay the night will be given first priority for a spot the following night. ID required within 30 days of intake. The warming center is open Monday through Sunday 6pm – 6am.


Cold Weather Resources:

Caltrans – 1-800-427-7623 (1-800-427-ROAD)

Winter Driving Tips Brochure (PDF format)

5-1-1 Sacramento Region Travel Information
Dial 5-1-1

National Weather Service

Sacramento Ready 916-874-4670 Offers Information on all types of emergencies, alerts, preparedness, response and recovery to these emergencies.