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Get Ready - Storm Preparedness Tips & Sand Bag Info

Post Date:03/04/2019 10:00 AM

 

Winter 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).


 

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