If you live in an area that is susceptible to winter storm flooding, you can get filled sandbags at the Palo Alto Airport located adjacent to the Terminal Building. Additionally, sand and empty bags are available at Mitchell Park adjacent to the Little League Field and Rinconada Park Tennis Court parking lot.
You can monitor creek levels at multiple locations throughout the City on the internet by accessing Creek Monitor on the City’s website. For real-time information about potential flooding on San Francisquito Creek, please visit the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority’s (JPA) new Early Flood Warning System web site. Stay tuned to local radio and TV stations (particularly KCBS 740 AM/106.9 FM or KZSU 90.1 FM) for the latest weather information.
Public Information Hotline 650-329-2420 (recorded message)
Real-time critical public safety updates can be obtained via the Palo Alto Police Department’s social media accounts on:
During a time of emergency the City's primary duty is to ensure public safety. In the case of a flood, City resources are directed toward evacuating residents as necessary, responding to police, fire, and medical emergencies, maintaining utility services, providing traffic control, pumping flooded streets and providing sandbags available for pick up at designated locations.
www.cityofpaloalto.org/StormMap Palo Alto Real-time Google Storm Map (Note: This Map is NO LONGER LIVE. Only static data like sandbag stations is being displayed. The map Will become live again if the Emergency Operations Center comes back online.)
The experts differ on what the winter weather will bring, but they agree on one thing: it pays to be prepared. The City of Palo Alto suggests a few things you can do to be ready for the very real possibility of flooding in our area.
Do not dump on storm drains and keep creeks clean. It is illegal to dump things into a creek or storm drain. Drains in your street flow directly to local creeks. Creeks are a valuable natural resource and habitat for local endangered species.
Pollution Hotline – 650-329-2943 Or 1-888-510-5151