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After the storms, flooding victims face fallout

Original post made on Jan 27, 2023

Palo Alto residents have begun the long process of cleaning up muddy homes following a series of storms that started on New Year's Eve and stretched into early January.

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Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2023 at 7:35 am

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Lest I be branded a "whiner", I empathize with anyone who experiences a natural disaster that threatens or actually displaces residents. It's hard to try to put down roots when a flood strikes. And it can make you re-think your choice of "home" when you've lived there for a long time. I have lived in two different disaster-prone areas that only became so after climate change ratcheted up. From those long ago experiences I know now when it's time to go: BEFORE the worst of the disaster rears itself. The elapsed time between a flood watch and a flood warning can at times be merely MINUTES. As the chief of disaster response in Paradise once said, "your best evacuation plan is one you make for yourself". That is not to minimize those who don't receive enough information to make their own plan. In Paradise, dispatchers were telling people who were calling saying they were engulfed in smoke that it was from a fire far away. In actuality, the entire town burned down in minutes. Sometimes you are on your own, with only your intuition. Sometimes you compare to a long-ago disaster and you might think the current risk is lower. But with climate change, we are experiencing RAPID calamities, one on top of the other. Heavy rain leads to flooding. High winds lead to downed trees. Downed trees lead to power outages. All of these things can affect each of the aspects. We had all 5. Rain, flooding, wind, tree damage, and power outages. The "perfect storm". Every storm has that potential. Don't ever turn your back on mother nature. You never know what she's going to send you. Be as aware as you can possibly be. Even then, sometimes you just don't get any warning.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2023 at 10:49 am

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A subset of Newell Bridge neighbors who have been obstructing plans to replace the bridge caused this delay. The old bridge is a problem. Allow this project to move forward. The plans were completed YEARS ago.

Posted by Local Resident
a resident of Community Center
on Jan 27, 2023 at 3:01 pm

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Three residents who live along the creek are currently saying no to channel widening that effects their properties but is critical for preventing thousands of other homes from flooding during very high creek flows

Posted by Jean
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 27, 2023 at 5:57 pm

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My house in Crescent Park was flooded in '98. It is ridiculous that residents have to endure this again. Why has it taken the city so long to take action?

Posted by Norman Beamer
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 28, 2023 at 5:46 am

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The residents whose homes were damaged should consider bringing an action against the city and other responsible entities for inverse condemnation based on the original construction of defective bridges. This is a strict liability action so no need to prove negligence and the various regulatory delays to rebuilding are no excuse. This type of lawsuit was successfully brought by those folks damaged by the 1998 flood.

Posted by Rhodoreae
a resident of Ventura
on Jan 29, 2023 at 11:59 am

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I am sorry to see some homes were flooded again but relieved the amount of impacted homes was a small percentage of the 400 flooded in 1998.

I am surprised Louisa Ct. homeowner didn’t know about the 1998 flood. I know homeowners should have flood zone information disclosed when purchasing a home but are owners required to notify rental tenants?

Posted by Ryan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 29, 2023 at 9:42 pm

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I thought they could predict the exact temperature and water level in 200 years. How come they couldn't do that a few days in advance?

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