Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Program
As the rains begin, please be aware that water levels will rise in the creeks and channels. The water is cold, swift-moving, and full of debris. Appreciate the great jobs creeks and channels do to protect our community from flooding; protect yourselves and your loved ones – but most importantly,
STAY OUT, STAY ALIVE!
-Be aware of fences and warning signs identifying the flood control channels
-Stay out of the channels
-If you see a person in the channel, immediately call 911
-Inform your family members about the Program and it's messages
Staying Out Means Staying Alive!
Students at Walnut Creek Intermediate School joined forces with the County Flood Control District recently to spread the word about Creek and Channel Safety. Dubbed the StayOut, StayAlive! campaign, the outreach effort engaged the schools’ Leadership and Art classes in teaching others about the dangers of local creeks and waterways.
Swift-water Rescuers from the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District visited the campus to tell the students how dangerous fast-moving stormwater can be, and to demonstrate how hard it is to pull someone out of a flood channel. Prizes were awarded to the winners of the Art classes’ StayOut, StayAlive! poster contest. Winning posters will be hung around the county in high-visibility locations near District flood control channels.
Walnut Creek Intermediate School is a perfect platform from which to share the StayOut, StayAlive! message. The school is bisected by the Walnut Creek flood control channel which the kids cross daily via two foot bridges. Furthermore, two former students from the school perished in a flood channel rafting accident in 2011. Flood control channels crisscross the entire region, and several pass near schools. Because these channels collect run-off from small creeks, some of which are on private property, there are dozens of potential access points. The District has done extensive safety stenciling, signage and fencing to dissuade people from entering the waterways and to forewarn them of the dangers. The StayOut, StayAlive! schools outreach campaign helps spread this message each year at the onset of the rainy season by sending safety information to each school in the County and holding special events such as the one held at Walnut Creek Intermediate School.
WCI students playing trivia
Contra Costa Fire Rescue
Flood Control Staff and WCI Students
Walnut Creek Intermediate
2019 Stay Out, Stay Alive Posters
2019 WCI Stay Out, Stay Alive Poster Winners
Contra Costa Fire Protection District Equipment
Contra Costa Fire Protection District Presentation
WCI Bridge over Walnut Creek Channel
WCI Students Learning About Watersheds
Typical Program Highlights:
- Creek and Channel Safety Awareness information sent to all schools within the County
- Declaration of Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month at the County Board of Supervisors meeting
- Annual Creek & Channel Safety Awareness Event at Walnut Creek Intermediate School
- Presentation at County Board of Supervisors meeting recapping Creek and Channel Safety Awareness Month with Winter Preparedness
- Due to the outbreak of COVID-19 during 2020, the FC District was unable to hold an in-person event at Walnut Creek Intermediate. The District instead put together a presentation to be shown to students on October 13, 2020. You can find that here: Creek and Channel StoryMap Presentation