Snow Removal and Winter Preparedness

Emergency Proclamation Issued on March 8, 2023


Starting on Thursday evening, March 9, through Sunday, March 12, another storm is rolling in with the potential for excessive rain, also being referred to as an Atmospheric River. Flooding is expected with this next storm. It's not too late to prepare, especially if your area is prone to flooding. Sandbag filling stations will be available starting on Tuesday, March 7.  

Sandbag filling stations: 

Fire Station 3
Located at 2101 Lake Tahoe Blvd. Please go to the backside of the fire station on James Av. to access the sandbag filling station. Bring your own shovel to fill sandbags. 

Search & Rescue Building
1834 Santa Fe Rd., 8am-7pm (Provided by El Dorado County)

Recreation & Swim Complex
1180 Rufus Allen - Follow signs for 'sand bag location'. Bring your own shovel.

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Is your area prone to flooding? 

Go to the following link, to see if your home or business is at risk of flooding. City of South Lake Tahoe Flood Zone Areas 

Flood map

What is an Atmospheric River? 

According to NOAA, Atmospheric Rivers are long, concentrated regions in the atmosphere that transport moist air from the tropics to higher latitudes. The moist air, combined with high wind speeds, produce heavy rain and snow upon landfall, especially over mountainous terrain. These extreme precipitation events can lead to flash flooding, mudslides, and catastrophic damage to life and property. To learn more, visit:

Atmospheric River

For tips on how to prepare for flooding, visit:

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Snowplow Safety Tips for Children and Pets: 


• Do not play on berms or sled down them. While we know it’s tempting to sled down these tall berms, please do not sled into the street. Snowplows and cars may not see you playing or be able to stop in time if you come flying down into the street on your sled. 

• Stay far away from the road when standing or playing outside. Our plow trucks are big, with blind spots, and a driver may not see you if you are standing too close to the road. A plow driver has low visibility as snow flies onto the windshield. This makes it hard for the driver to see anyone along the road. Plows can also throw large chunks of ice and snow as they pass and the flying debris could hurt you.

• Never tunnel or build forts in the snowbanks along the side of the road. Snowplow drivers will not see you if you have tunneled into a snowbank. If you’re in the tunnel, you could be “snowed in” when a truck plows next to you.

• Wear bright colors so that our drivers can see you better if you are outside. This one goes for adults as well when you are shoveling or snow blowing your driveway. 

• Please keep pets inside or on a leash if they are outdoors. A loose pet can quickly run into the street and a plow driver or car may not be able to stop in time to avoid running into them especially with ice buildup on roads.

Snow tips

Learn how you can get your home ready for snow removal operations by watching the following video. 

Winterizing tips for your home from our local utility providers

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Winterizing Tips from South Lake Tahoe Public Utility District

Winter temperatures in Lake Tahoe dip below freezing and into single digits. Don’t wait for the damage and expense of frozen pipes. By taking a few precautions you can greatly reduce your risk of frozen and broken water pipes.

Prepare Your Home For Winter

  • Disconnect and drain all outdoor hoses
  • Insulate exposed pipes or faucets
  • Seal holes and cracks in exterior walls, foundation and around pipes
  • Turn off and drain irrigation systems
  •  Find your home shut-off valve and shovel regularly throughout the winter
  • If you don’t have a home shut-off valve, considering installing one
  • Make sure South Tahoe Public Utility District has your current phone number in case we need to contact you in an emergency. To update your contact info, call 530-544-6474 or visit

For more tips, visit:

Winter preparedness from Liberty Utilities 


Winter Outage Tips

  • Gather in a central room where there is an alternative heat source such as a fireplace.
  • Make sure each family member has a warm coat, gloves, and hat. Dress in loose layers of clothing.
  • If the indoor temperature drops to 55 degrees Fahrenheit or below, open faucets slightly so they constantly drip to prevent water pipes from freezing.
  • If candles and portable heaters are used, never leave them unattended.
  • Never use a gas range for room heating.
  • Never use charcoal as an indoor heating or cooking source.
  • Never use gasoline or other flammable liquids to start or quicken a fire. Always keep a screen around an open flame, and don’t close the damper while ashes are still hot.
  • Remember, a fuel-burning heater, such as a kerosene heater, requires proper ventilation to prevent buildup of harmful fumes.
  • Place heaters on a hard, non-combustible surface.

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