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Storm raises prospect of more flooding

Original post made on Jan 9, 2023

Heavy rains have pushed San Francisquito Creek to the brink of flooding this morning, with water under the Pope-Chaucer Bridge between Palo Alto and Menlo Park steadily rising, according to the city's creek monitors.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, January 9, 2023, 9:26 AM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2023 at 9:46 am

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I have been looking at various creeks and I am seeing a lot of flotsam being floated downstream. Some of it is garbage or things like basketballs which obviously weren't intentionally tossed but difficult to retrieve, but most is small branches and similar. These are damming the creeks. A netting placed across the creeks before each bridge might help to stop the double whammy of a dam at a bridge.

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 9, 2023 at 4:13 pm

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A massive thank you to the city crews who worked their butts off in this weather. Bobcats usually get a bad name in other contexts but they saved the day today. A real reverse Hans Brinker moment if I may say so.

Posted by mickie winkler
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 9, 2023 at 5:19 pm

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The crews did well, yes. But the Creek looked like a forest before the flood. We failed to keep it clear.

Posted by Walter
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jan 9, 2023 at 6:56 pm

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I think a net across before a bridge would likely cause a dam to form. More useful would be a net nowhere near a bridge and set so it was not too close to the bottom. The problem is if its really needed it would likely fill-up quickly and removing it while the water is still running is difficult. What has happened is to station something on a bridge that can lift stuff out of the water.

Posted by Some Random Resident
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 9, 2023 at 10:29 pm

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Sure would be nice if the writers learned that NONE of the heavy equipment shown in the pictures is a bulldozer. There's a small excavator and a tractor with a front-end loader and a back-hoe.

Posted by Retired PAUSD Teacher
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2023 at 7:59 am

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The roofs at Greene have been leaking for decades with every significant rain, so it is safe to say they will keep leaking. It is also safe to say that Mr. Austin is not being truthful when he states, "Every place that we had control over, we tried to take care of on the front end. We're as prepared as we can be". If he was honest, then the persistent leaks would have been fixed a long time ago. A few evacuation buses make for good optics, but don't be fooled; building maintenance has been neglected under his watch.

Kudos to those who do more than talk, and pitched in to help clear and clean up. The community truly appreciates people that do the real work.

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