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East Palo Alto prepares for storm

City prepping storm drains and streets, sandbag station opens Wednesday

The City of East Palo Alto is preparing for two rain storms anticipated to hit the Bay Area this week, hoping to avoid any impacts similar to past storms that breached city levees and caused San Francisquito Creek to flood into adjacent neighborhoods.

East Palo Alto staff has been placed on "storm ready" status and will be preparing city storm drains, streets and the O'Connor pump station for the upcoming rain, officials said in an announcement Tuesday. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 26, a sandbag station for residents will open at the David Lewis Community Re-Entry Center at 2277 University Ave.

City staff will be on-call 24-hours a day to address situations that might arise from the incoming storm, expected to hit Wednesday and continue into the weekend. The city will also continue to coordinate storm-related efforts and response with Palo Alto and Menlo Park, the Santa Clara Valley Water District and San Mateo County, East Palo Alto officials said.

"We ask that residents assist us by taking their own preparedness measures," City Manager Magda Gonzalez stated in a press release. "The city and other agencies help keep the community informed through the SMC Alert system. We encourage all residents and business owners to sign up at smcalert.info."

Additional 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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