East Palo Alto prepares for weekend storms

With last winter's flooding a not-so-distant memory, city asks residents for help

With wet weather expected to bring two inches of rain to the area over the weekend, the City of East Palo Alto and the Menlo Park Fire Protection District are making preparations and asking residents to do likewise, East Palo Alto staff announced Friday, Feb. 7.

City maintenance workers have been cleaning streets and storm drains, and a public sandbag station has been set up at the David Lewis Community Re-Entry Center at 2277 University Ave., a press release from Assistant City Manager Barbara Powell stated.

The Menlo Park Fire Protection District has alerted Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers to assist in clearing away debris from their neighborhood storm drains and has asked that the volunteers be available if needed this weekend.

City and Fire Protection District staff are on-call this weekend to respond to situations that may arise from local flooding or other hazardous conditions, the press release noted.

In addition, staff met Friday to go over planning and logistics for the weekend and are in contact with the Santa Clara Valley Water District and neighboring jurisdictions about anticipated weekend weather conditions in the San Francisquito Creek. Last winter, the creek flooded, prompting East Palo Alto residents to seek shelter in an evacuation center.

The City of East Palo Alto is asking its residents for help by cleaning debris out of gutters, sidewalks and storm drains.

Information on preparedness can be found on the websites of the City of East Palo Alto, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services and the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Mr.Recycle
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 8, 2014 at 3:17 pm

15 years since the 1998 flood, and the bridges still sit there blocking the creek, unchanged, unfixed, unremoved. Pathetic!

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