March 8, 2023 5:23 PM
Tips to Prepare for Upcoming Rainstorm and Sandbag Availability
San Leandro is expected to get heavy rain and winds over the next several days, with total estimated rainfall up to 4 inches. The National Weather Service (NWS) anticipates that the showers will accompany 33 mph winds and mildly cold temperatures. NWS also issued a flood watch from 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 9th, until 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 12th. Excessive runoff may flood rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
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 storm's severity. 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 and removing debris as necessary. Collecting and properly disposing of heavy leaf falls before storms occur. Removing leaves and debris from storm drain inlets with a rake or shovel. Join Adopt A Drain to regularly check the drain closest to your house. The City offers a limited supply of tools to adopters to keep inlets clear. Using sandbags and plastic sheeting to protect flood-prone entrances to homes. Driving slowly and carefully, particularly where water has accumulated on roadways. Stay tuned to local radio and television 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 owner's responsibility, whether the clean-up is on the 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 companies, 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 broken branches and unstable trees could pose a danger to park users. Contacts If you experience emergency flooding or if a downed tree or limb causes a hazard, please use the following contact numbers: During regular business hours (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday - Friday), call (510) 577-3440 (Public Works Department) After hours and on weekends and holidays, call (510) 577-2740 (Police Dispatch) Do not call 911 to report flooding unless rising water poses an immediate threat to life or safety.
For PG&E power outages, please visit, https://www.pge.com/en_US/residential/outages/current-outages/report-view-an-electric-outage/find-or-report-electric-outages.page or 1-800-743-5002 If you live near a flood control wall, it is more than likely the jurisdiction of Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.
For more information, please visit their website at https://acfloodcontrol.org/the-work-we-do/resources/ or call 510.670.5480.
Sandbags Sand and Bags are available to San Leandro residents at the Public Works Service Center located at 14200 Chapman Road and Fire Station # 12 (1065 143rd Ave - Sand and Sand Bags are located down the driveway behind station # 12).
Bags and sand are available 24/7 (While Supplies Last) Limit ten bags per San Leandro household.
To expedite the filling process, please bring your shovel.