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Orange County will have a rainy Christmas holiday weekend with intermittent periods of heavy rain and possible flooding, the National Weather Service says.

Heavy rains are likely to fill the urban streams, sending water into neighborhoods of Orange County, according to NWS preliminary reports. One week ago during the county’s last big rain event, both burn-scar areas and new housing developments across Orange County were overcome with flooding and rushing rainwater.

Orange County’s Public Works department says they have distributed about 10,000 sandbags to canyon residents over the past several days.


Residents of the Bond fire burn area were told to prepare for potential evacuation as the storm arrives late Thursday, and continues through the weekend.

Find out what’s happening in Orange County with free, real-time updates from Patch.

READ: Evacuation Warning, Flash Flood Watch In Orange County Burn Area

The Orange County Public Works department has been busy filling sandbags for the past week, in advance of the Christmas weekend storm.

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Read: Trapped Silverado Residents Rescued By Orange County Firefighters

“We’re in a flash flood watch with heavy rain expected to hit the burn areas of Silverado Canyon, Modjeska Canyon and Williams Canyon,” Public Works spokesman Shannon Widor says. All homeowners should prepare their property for storm season and flooding, Widor says.


A Flood Watch is in effect from Thursday night until Friday morning for all Orange County Coastal Areas, Orange County Inland Areas, as well as the Bond Fire burn scars, according to the National Weather Service San Diego.

Erosion control measures, such as sandbags, should be put into place as soon as possible. (Read where to find sandbags near you, below).

“Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations,” meteorologists reported.

Read: Flash Flooding Rips Through Laguna Beach Neighborhood: Video

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