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By Henrietta J. Burroughs                Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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January 6, 2017                         
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photo of water rising under bridge
Photo showing water rising under bridge- courtesy City of East Palo Alto


East Palo Alto City Manager, Carlos Martinez, urged East Palo Alto residents to be prepared for the weekend storms that have been predicted. Martinez sent his written announcement giving the storm warning to local community outlets on Thursday, January 5. In the announcement, Martinez wrote:

The National Weather Service has forecast hazardous weather conditions for East Palo Alto and the surrounding communities starting this coming weekend.  

Another round of storms, and extra high tides, are forecast to begin on Saturday, January 7th and last for about a week.  Are you prepared? 

The City of East Palo Alto strongly urges you to be prepared. 

·         Clear your storm drains

·         The First 72 Are on You – See attached flyer (on the city's website)

·         Register for San Mateo County Emergency Services Alerts to stay informed during critical incidents, storms and emergencies

·         Sign up for Flood Alerts with the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority,  to monitor the forecast and see a real time, searchable Google map of areas at risk of flooding. 

·         The City of East Palo Alto has SANDBAGS available to East Palo Alto residents at the City’s Maintenance Yard located at 150 Tara Road from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm Friday and Saturday.  There is a 10 bag limit per household and you may be asked for identification as proof of residency.  Please be prepared to fill your own bags, assistance is available for seniors and those with disabilities.   Please call the (650)853-5916 should you have any questions regarding hours of operation.

·         To report flooding please call: (650)853-5916 or (650)853-3289

·         In the event of a life threatening emergency call 911

·         Visit the City’s Emergency Information Page for more tips on preparedness


1)   Register at SMC ALERT to receive notifications during urgent or emergency situations. You can set alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736723485#/login

2)   Monitor San Francisquito Creek levels and sign up to receive alerts specific to the creek flood conditions at:  http://creek-prod-1456087410.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com/

3)   Monitor SF Creek water levels – Palo Alto Creekcam & Creek Monitor at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pwd/creek_monitor/

4)   For tips to prepare for a flood, go to: http://www.valleywater.org/Services/DuringAFlood.aspx

5)   Use:  #CAStorm and #CAFlood