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.
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:
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.
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:
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:
Do not call 911 to report flooding unless rising water poses an immediate threat to life or safety.
Sand and Bags are available to San Leandro residents at the Public Works Service Center located at 14200 Chapman Rd.