Winter Storm Warning
Winter has arrived. Heavy rains and winds associated with an atmospheric river has been forecasted for the area beginning today, January 26, 2021, through Thursday, January 28, 2021.
Make sure your emergency back-up power generators, sump pumps and other detention systems are in good working order. Ensure that flashlights, lanterns, and candles are in an accessible location in case of a small-scale power outage. For those concerned with the possibility of small-scale flooding issues, you can reduce the amount of water entering property by placing sandbags in key locations. When placing sandbags, stagger them in an overlapping pattern like brickwork. You do not want to place a sandbag wall around your whole house and consider how you would remove trapped floodwater. Sand and bags are available at the self-service sandbag station at Holbrook-Palmer Park, 150 Watkins Avenue, in the rear parking lot.
Avoid moving water of any level into storm-damaged areas or areas known to be susceptible to flooding. 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. Roadways where floodwaters have receded may be damaged. When driving in your neighborhood during a storm, keep an eye out for our vehicles with their trademark flashing amber lights. This could be a sign of a downed tree or flooding, but it generally marks a worker in the streets away from their vehicle.
If you have questions about obtaining sandbags you can contact Public Works at 650.752.0570.