During storms, the City ensures that main roadways are clear of downed trees and other debris and that storm drain inlets are functioning properly. Public Works crews respond to reports of tree damage and clogged storm drains, placing priority on blocked roadways, flooding above the curb line and other hazardous situations.
Public Works Maintenance Activities
The City of San Leandro Public Works Department has taken a number of steps to prepare the City's infrastructure ahead of the storms season:
- Prior to winter rains, crews inspect problem flood areas and clear debris to minimize storm drain blockages.
- Crews systematically remove debris from the tops of storm drain inlets, and clean the inside of basins.
- Main arterials are swept weekly and residential streets are swept monthly. Crews patrol heavy leaf areas and remove excess leaves and debris from streets. For more information about sweeping during heavy leaf periods, see the Street Sweeping Flyer.
- Street trees are trimmed based on a maintenance schedule to improve tree structure and strength, and to reduce the potential risk of failure.
- Crews are prepared for regular patrols and inspections of known hotspots during storm events to identify potential flooding early and focus the appropriate attention to prevent flooding problems.
The City of San Leandro Police Department and the Alameda County Fire Department are prepared to respond to any emergency situation that may arise during the storms.
Flood Control Channels are maintained by Alameda County Flood Control. For information or to report problems in the flood control channels Contact Alameda County Flood Control at 670-5500 or online at www.co.alameda.ca.us/pwa.
What Residents Can Do
Storm drains have limited capacity and flooding may occur in low lying areas and/or at high tide during an initial downpour based on the severity of the storm. Since Public Works crews may take several hours to respond to reports of flooding, clogged storm drains or downed tree limbs, you can assist by:
- Checking drainage systems on your property and removing debris as necessary.
- Collecting and properly disposing of heavy leaf falls before storms occur.
- Removing leaves and debris from storm drain inlets near your property with a rake or shovel.
- Using sandbags and plastic sheeting to protect flood-prone entrances to your home.
- Driving slowly and carefully, particularly where water has accumulated on roadways.
- Staying tuned to local radio and television news sources for the latest weather information. The City of San Leandro posts emergency information on the local radio channel AM 1610.
Tree crews will respond to downed trees and limbs based on the seriousness of the hazard. During a storm, priority is given to removing trees and limbs from streets and sidewalks. Crews will also prioritize street tree and limb removal from homes, cars and power lines.
Property owners are reminded that clean up of privately owned trees and branches is the responsibility of the owner, whether the clean up is on owner's property or neighboring property, including City property. City trees that have fallen on private property are the responsibility of the City to clear.
Property owners should contact private tree trimming/removal companies, their insurance company, and utilities directly if their private tree falls and causes damage to their property. Private trees should be properly trimmed and maintained in advance of storm season to prevent tree failure and serious damage to private property during storms.
The City advises residents to be cautious when using City parks since park paths may not be clear of debris and there may be broken branches and unstable trees that could pose a danger to park users.
If you experience emergency flooding or if there is a hazard caused by a downed tree or limb, please use the following contact numbers:
- During regular business hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday -Friday), call 577-3440 (Public Works Department)
- After hours, and on weekends and holidays, call 577-2740 (Police Dispatch)
Do not call 911 to report flooding unless rising water poses an immediate threat to life or safety.