Flood and Storm Drains

Want to save money, reduce stormwater runoff, conserve water, and help protect the health of our creeks and San Francisco Bay? Learn more about our innovative Stormwater Measures Rebate Program.

Welcome to the Department of Public Works Storm Drain Management Program website. This program is responsible for the approval, construction, and maintenance of the storm drain system in Palo Alto. Follow the links on this page to learn more about our programs and services.

  • Palo Alto has installed creek monitoring devices. These devices constantly feed back creek level information. The images generated from this data can be monitored by residents.
  • If you notice any unusual substance in or around a storm drain, or if you see someone dumping anything into the storm drain, street, or gutter, to local creeks or the Bay, or elsewhere in the outdoor environment, don't wait! Go to the Reporting Spills, Back-Ups, or Dumping page for more information.
  • The San Francisquito Creek Bank Stabilization Master Plan is intended to assist agencies and landowners' consultants in the planning, conceptual design and permitting of San Francisquito Creek bank stabilization and revegetation projects.
  • In order to address community concerns regarding flooding and environmental preservation on San Francisquito Creek, the City of Palo Alto has worked with neighboring jurisdictions to create the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority.

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Last Updated: Nov 6, 2013
View real-time creek level data.

Sand Bag Day! Nov 13
Public Works Streets, Sidewalks, and Storm Drains personnel will kick off the Winter Storm Season on 13 November 2014 at the Municipal Services Center in Palo Alto at Sand Bag Day. Sand Bag Day has become an annual event in which the Public Works team builds pallets of sand bags in preparation for winter storms. Even though we are experiencing the worst drought in California history, we must still be prepared for bad weather that could still come our way. These sand bags will be staged at the MSC for delivery to one of the two "do it yourself stations" at Mitchell Park and Rinconada Park.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District will once again be delivering sandbags to the airport sand bag station on or about 1 December 2014.

You can always find more information about winter storms here. And be sure to keep your Winter Storm Utility Insert handy - it is chalked full of useful information.