Be Rain and Winter Storm Ready

Published on September 19, 2022

On Sunday, September 18, staff responded to several community calls for assistance, due to flooding from clogged storm drains and tree failures. With the rainy weather, it is always a good idea to be ready for future weather-related events.

To prepare for the next storm, staff has pulled together some general tips and resources to help the community be storm ready. Go to the home page and click the news story for details. Some highlights include:

  • Stay informed by signing up for automated notifications at and the Police Department's Nixle alerts.
  • Visit and explore our Emergency Preparedness webpage.
  • Know if your property is in a flood zone. Lookup your address at the FEMA Floodmap Service Center.
  • Clean out roof gutters, downspouts, landscape inlets, and storm drains on your street to avoid clogged lines that could cause flooding.
  • Utilize rain barrels, cisterns, and rain gardens to catch rainwater; rebates are available for Palo Alto residents and businesses here.
  • Attend an upcoming Rain Barrel Workshop on Sat. Oct. 1 from 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Read about tips and ways to prepare for the rainy season here.

Find more about Flood Information and Winter Storm Preparedness