The Ventura Fire Department did not have any flood-related calls when the first of two rainstorms hit Wednesday night, said Capt. Mike Lindbery.
“We got a little more rain than projected in some of the burn areas of the Springs Fire,” he said. “We’re expecting a lot harder rainfall Friday High-intensity rain for a long period of time will be more of an issue.”
Lindbery said many agencies have been working on cleaning out drainages to avoid flooding on city streets. In addition, a task force will be on storm watch Friday, ready to go where there might be major rain-related issues.
“It all comes down to preparation on every level,” Lindbery said.
The first storm brought much needed moisture to Ventura County Wednesday night.
Ojai, Piru, Ventura and Camarillo got the most rain Wednesday with up to an inch and a half of rain, according to figures from the Ventura County Watershed Protection District Thursday morning.
Santa Paula and Moorpark got a little more than an inch of rain, while Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks got less than an inch.
The second storm is expected to hit Ventura County around midnight Thursday and continue into Saturday night, said Andrew Rorke, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Oxnard.
Thunderstorms and strong winds from 15 to 25 mph and gusts up to 30 mph are expected to arrive with the storm. Mountainous areas of the county could see gusts from 60 to 70 mph.
Burn areas from the Springs Fire will also be monitored for floods and debris flow, Rorke said.
A high surf advisory has been issued for the region bringing 5 to 7 foot waves with local sets up to 9 feet Thursday, according to the weather service. The surf will become higher through the weekend with waves from 7 to 10 feet expected and local sets up to 12 feet, the agency said.
The high surf advisory remains in effect until 5 p.m. Sunday.
In preparation for heavy rain, the city of Ventura will be providing residents with sand and sandbags at three locations: Sanjon Mainentance Yard at 336 Sanjon Rd., Fire Station 1 at 717 North Ventura Ave. and Fire Station 6 at 10797 Darling Rd.
The county fire department also has heavy equipment, dump trucks, cruisers and other emergency vehicles on-hand in case the storm causes problems in areas near CSU Channel Islands affected by the Springs Fire.
Residents and businesses in the community can also pick up sand bags provided at Fire Station 52 at 5353 Santa Rosa Rd., Station 54 at 2160 Pickwick Dr., and Station 57 at 3356 Somis Rd., officials said.
The Environmental Health Division has issued an advisory for residents to avoid runoff water for three days after the storm.
Significant rainfall can cause runoff to flow into storm drains, creeks and rivers that empty into the beaches of Ventura County, health officials said.
Runoff water can carry disease-causing bacteria into the ocean and can carry tree limbs and logs into the water that can result in serious injuries. Health officials recommend that residents avoid runoff and ocean water for three days after it has stopped raining.
Any items that may have come in contact with runoff or ocean water and shellfish from Ventura County beaches should also be avoided.