Listed is today’s Amador County Winter Storm Situational Status Report, as reported by Sergeant Jeff Bellotti, OES Coordinator of the Amador County Sheriff’s Office, Office of Emergency Services (OES).
As storms and flooding continue and more damage is located or repairs are needed, the Ledger Dispatch will provide updates to this information as provided by Amador OES.


Amador OES reports there were not many issues reported overnight, but with the heavy rain this morning there is lots of flooding in the Jackson Valley area. Due to overnight snow, Public Works crews are plowing snow from Pine Grove to the east.
Since Friday afternoon, two overnight guests have used the Temporary Shelter (currently open and available for free to all Amador County residents impacted by floods, at Evalynn Bishop, 600 South Church Street/Highway 124 in Ione. Staffed by Red Cross).
The county's resource request for cold patch asphalt should be delivered today and one pallet will be provided to the City of Jackson per their request. A request for "Flooded" signs could not be filled by Caltrans, and as of this morning the Department of General Services is working on it.
County & City Public Works and California Conservation Corps crews continue to work clearing downed trees, storm debris and fixing roadways. As of Sunday, there were approximately 70 additional tasks for crews to complete in the county jurisdiction, and several more within the City of Jackson. A request for the Cal Fire Pine Grove Camp crew may be coming in the next 24-48 hours depending if additional assistance is needed. Pending resource requests are being looked into and worked on; however, they are still being dealt with at the state level.
Caltrans is working 12’s and has activated electronic highway signs due to severe weather. They will be monitoring the Sutter Creek Bridge in the City of Ione and working with the City of Jackson regarding their bridge concerns.
As of this this morning, there were 72 Amador County residents without power in Jackson (18), Pine Grove (2), Sutter Creek (1) and Pioneer (51). Contact with PG&E local representatives has been established and will be ongoing. PG&E has brought in additional crews to work in Amador County. PG&E Go-Bags (blanket, phone charger, snacks, bottled water) are available through the City of Sutter Creek, Ione, Jackson and the shelter location in Ione, to those impacted by floods and/or power outages.
The current storm is forecast to taper off today with minor flooding concerns this morning; hazardous mountain travel impacts persist through late tonight. Rain rates are expected to remain below debris flow criteria. A quick-moving system will bring Valley rain and moderate to locally heavy snow Wednesday - Thursday morning. OES reports an extended period of dry weather begins later this week.



  • Electra Road closed due to safety issues
  • Old Sacramento Road
  • Small section of Hale Road
  • Jackson Valley Road at Lake Amador entrance northbound lane
  • Brickyard Road east of Hwy 124
  • Buena Vista Road at Jackson Valley (flooding)
  • Buena Vista at the dump (flooding/mudslides)
  • Jackson Valley at Oak Drive (flooding)
  • Amador Creek Road (road damage)
  • Sutter Creek Volcano Road (road damage)
  • Stringbean Aly and Turner Road (road damage)


Amador Transit is CLOSED TODAY, MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2023, IN OBSERVANCE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY — No bus service available today. For routes & fares, visit: www.AmadorTransit.com


The Ledger has gathered the below information in regards to county sandbag availability & the Amador CodeRED Emergency Alert System.
Emergency information & updates can also be found on the Ledger Dispatch social media pages, in our Friday newspaper print editions, and everyday on our website (www.ledger.news).


Amador County has sandbags and sand available for county residents through the Community Sandbag Program.
The county provides free bags and sand to Amador County residents only, with a suggested twenty (20) bag maximum limit. Free sand and bags are located at the Amador County Airport (Westover Field) parking lot near the County General Services Administration Building in Jackson/Martell (12380 Airport Road, Jackson). Residents will need to fill their own bags & bring their own shovel.
For more information on the Amador County Community Sandbag Program, contact Amador County Office of Emergency Services, OES Coordinator, Jeff Bellotti at (209) 223-6384.

In addition to the County program, similar sandbag programs are offered to residents in Ione and Jackson.

  • Ione: There is a sandbag station open to Ione residents only, located at 10100 Five Mile Drive in Ione (outside of the gate). Ten (10) bag limit. Bring your own shovel. For more information contact the City of Ione at City Hall at (209) 274-2412.
  • Jackson: A sandbag site is open outside of the Public Works Corporation Yard located at 200 Cemetery Lane in Jackson. The site is self-serve. Sand and bags are available. Bring your own shovel. This site is open to anyone who may need sandbags on hand during the ongoing storms. For more information contact the City of Jackson at City Hall at (209) 223-1646.


Sign up for Emergency Alert notifications in your area by visiting: calalerts.org
For California Highway conditions provided by Caltrans, visit: call 1-800-427-7623 (ROAD) or visit Quickmap.dot.ca.gov (SELECT QUICKMAP OPTIONS, THEN ROAD CONDITIONS, THEN SELECT YOUR MAP OPTIONS SUCH AS HIGHWAY CLOSURES, CHAIN CONTROLS, CHP INCIDENTS, SNOWPLOW LOCATIONS AND MORE). Download the Quickmap app on your smart phone device for easy access on the go.
For Highway & County road conditions & traffic incidents provided by California Highway Patrol, visit the CHP Traffic Incident web page at: https://cad.chp.ca.gov/ (SELECT THE STOCKTON COMMUNICATION CENTER FOR AMADOR & CALAVERAS UPDATES).
We’ll provide City road conditions and closures as made available by local officials and Public Works. Stay tuned for additional updates.
Stay weather aware, visit: weather.gov/sto for the latest weather updates.



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