Storm moving into Kern County Monday evening


BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Now in our 4th straight year of record drought, the storm that hit the Golden Empire Monday night is good news, all things considered.

The storm in California is already dumping precious snowfall on the northern Sierra Nevada mountain range and with it heavy rain in lower elevations, but as always, causing dangerous driving conditions.

The storm is already hitting Kern and most of it comes on Election Day. Some fear the storm will affect voter turnout, but others say that even if it rains, people will still go to vote.

“If they really want to elect the right person for the job, rain or shine, they’ll be there,” said community member Val Alvarez.

Across the county, dark and ominous clouds, gusty winds and rain showers are already making an appearance. Bakersfield and the county are preparing for the storm.

Kern County Public Works said it is working to shore up county roads and clear debris so water can flow through drains to prevent flooding.

The department has also worked on roads in Lamont and Arvin where flooding has been a problem in the past. In Lamont, the ministry worked with private contractors to clear storm sewers.

The city of Bakersfield said road conditions are going to be dangerous, so be careful.

“If you see an area that appears to have water, avoid the area or go around it. You never know how deep the water might be,” said Joe Conroy, communications manager for the City of Bakersfield. “It may seem punishable, but it may not be.”

If you’re having an emergency, the city says to call 911, but if it’s not an emergency, like a blocked storm sewer, downed tree, or traffic light outage, there are other numbers to call.

Non-emergency numbers to call:

Blocked storm drains
Monday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Felled trees/branches
Monday, 6:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Street lighting, traffic light failure
Monday, 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Emergency after hours


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