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Get Ready - National Weather Report Predicting High Winds and Rain Tonight

Post Date:02/11/2019 10:00 AM

 
Message from the Town's Public Works Director, Howard Young - February 1, 2019

High winds are expected tonight and rain is expected over the next five days (see SMC Alert at bottom of message). The Town wanted to provide the following storm preparedness tips for its residents. This and more information can be found on the Towns website at: http://www.portolavalley.net/for-residents/public-works/winter-storm-preparedness. The Town also provides a complimentary emergency supply of sandbags at the Town Center to help its residents protect property from flooding. For information, visit www.portolavalley.net/sandbagstation


30 minute home storm drain inspection checklist

  Prepare with rain boots, gloves, flashlight, rake, and shovel

  Check if rain gutters and roof drains are clear of debris

  Walk around property and inspect all storm pipes,  drains, grates and remove and dispose of all tree lose debris that could backup water flow

  Check all surface drains and French drains

  Inspect drainage ditches through your property and to determine that they are free and clear.  Inspect with your neighbors.

  Check all retaining walls for cracks, subsidence, overtopping, and drainage

  Clean storm drain pipes under your driveway and property frontage. You should clearly see daylight at the other end of the pipe.

  If a storm drain pipe or drainage ditch is blocked by dirt, labor may be needed to dig out the outlet to let it flush out

  Re-inspect and clean the above items during and after heavy storm events throughout the rain season

  Inspect hillsides for erosion. Consider using straw wattles and straw erosion blankets for problem hillsides

  Check watercourses. Watercourses on your property shall be kept free of debris according to Town ordinance

 

Flooded streets and returning home after a flood

  Do not drive where water is covering the road. You can be     

     stranded or trapped.  Parts of the road may be washed out.

  Do not try to cross waters of unknown depth. The water may be much deeper than it looks. Avoid dips and low spots.

  If your car stalls in a flooded area, abandon it as soon as

     possible. Floodwater can rise rapidly and sweep a car away.

  Return home when authorities say it is safe.

 

Download PV Connect
Please also note that non-emergency Public Works maintenance requests can be reported using the Town's new app PV Connect located at www.portolavalley.net/pvconnect or available via download from your smartphone (search for PV Connect).

 

SMC Alert- February 1, 2019 11:34 am

HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 3 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 10 AM PST SATURDAY...

The National Weather Service in San Francisco has issued a High Wind Warning, which is in effect from 3 PM this afternoon to 10 AM PST Saturday. The High Wind Watch is no longer in effect.

* WINDS...Southeast 25 to 35 mph with gusts 50 to 65 mph.

* LOCATION...Entire San Francisco Bay Area.

* TIMING...High Wind Warning is in effect from 3 pm this afternoon   through 10 am Saturday morning. This is when the strongest winds are anticipated. Winds are forecast to peak late tonight or early Saturday morning as a powerful front moves onshore. Gusty winds will continue through Saturday and into Saturday evening. Winds will subside by Sunday.

* IMPACTS...Strong winds may blow down limbs, trees, and power lines. Power outages are expected.

 

FLASH FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING

THE Flash Flood Watch continues for

* A portion of western California...including the following locations: The entire San Francisco Bay Area and Central Coast.

* From this evening through Saturday morning

* Travel through low lying areas on Friday night and Saturday morning may be hazardous. Do NOT drive through flooded roads.

For additional information visit the National Weather Service for the SF Bay Area on the web at:https://www.weather.gov/mtr/

The message is from the San Mateo County Alert System (SMC Alert).  To subscribe to the system, change your profile, add/delete contact numbers or email addresses, visit our website atwww.smcalert.info or email at smcalert@smcgov.org