Get Ready - Storm Preparedness Tips & Sand Bag Info
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).