To All Residents:
The National Weather Service indicates a strong storm system and atmospheric river will bring moderate to heavy rainfall and strong winds to our area from Wed (01/04/23) – Thurs (01/05/23). This may cause localized flooding, standing water on roadways, falling trees, and widespread power outages. To stay safe during this storm event, the Atherton Department of Police recommends that residents:
- Make sure emergency back-up power generators, sump pumps, and other detention systems are in good working order.
- Ensure flashlights, lanterns, and candles are in an accessible location in case of a power outage.
- Avoid contact with floodwaters as they may be contaminated or electrically charged from downed or underground power lines.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company.
- Exercise caution when driving and adhere to any detours, warnings, or barricades, and do not drive through flooded roads. Roadways where floodwaters have receded may be damaged. Please avoid being outdoors or around branches and trees.
Additionally, you can reduce the amount of water entering your property by placing sandbags in key locations. When placing sandbags, stagger them in an overlapping pattern like brickwork. Consider how you would remove trapped floodwater. Sandbags are available at the self-service sandbag station at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue, in the rear parking lot. Limit of 5 sandbags per residence. Due to regional shortages, our supply of sandbags is very limited. We are working with the County Office of Emergency Management to obtain additional sandbags.
The Atherton Department of Police is strongly recommending community members “shelter in place” during peak storm hours and stay off the roads.
- Pack a “go bag” to evacuate quickly if needed.
- Have insurance policies handy (take photos of each room in your home beforehand).
- Prepare supplies at home in case closed roads/power outages last for several days.
- Plan for pet needs.
- Stock up on necessary medications.
- Prepare for flooding if you’re near the Atherton Channel system.
The Atherton Police Department and Public Works Department is staffed and prepared to respond to the needs of our residents during this unusual occurrence. To ensure we can respond to all critical needs during the storm, we need you to assist us by being prepared.
Steven D McCulley
Chief of Police