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Storms were wet and windy, more on horizon

The storm that blew through the Bay Area on Friday with high winds and heavy rainfall downed trees, branches and power lines in Palo Alto and caused Adobe Creek to get within three inches of flooding.

Embarcadero Road and Oregon Expressway underpasses flooded on Friday afternoon and were closed to traffic for several hours.

The city had about 10 power outages on Friday, the largest affecting 1,400 homes and businesses, according to Linda Clerkson, communications manager in the city manager's office. Most outages were repaired within two hours.

The city opened its Emergency Operations Center for three hours Friday afternoon because of the danger of creeks flooding, but shut down the center after rainfall tapered off and the creeks went down, Public Works Director Glenn Roberts said.

City crews were busy on Friday responding to 71 calls for flooded streets and storm drains, and 60 calls for downed trees and tree limbs, Roberts said.

Additional storms on Saturday and Sunday were less severe, but more storms are due Tuesday and Wednesday.

One area of Santa Clara County near Los Gatos recorded 11 inches of rain through the weekend.

The storm last Friday prompted the city to mobilize a team of volunteers to operate sandbag stations at the Palo Alto Airport and Greer Park. Members of the Palo Alto Neighborhood Disaster Activities (PANDA) team directed traffic at the two stations and helped residents to sandbags.

Storm resources:

City of Palo Alto Creek Monitor: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/earlywarning/creekmonitor-only.html

San Francisquito CreekCam: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/earlywarning/creekcam.html

Sandbag pickup site map: http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?BlobID=10159

National Weather Service radar images: http://radar.weather.gov/radar.php?rid=mux&product=NCR&overlay=11000111&loop=yes

Related stories:

Saturday's storm less messy than Friday's

Oregon, Embarcadero underpasses re-open

VIDEO: Flooding on East Meadow Circle

City streets flood, but creeks don't

Storm cuts power to IKEA, East Palo Alto retailers

50,000 without power on Peninsula

High winds down trees, limbs

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 7, 2008 at 6:01 pm

.......and the proposed Public Safety Bldg. ($50M) is planned to be on Park Blvd. west of the RR tracks. Most of Palo Alto is east of the RR tracks.


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Posted by Tom
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 8, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Kate,
FYI our officers dont sit in the police station waiting for calls. They are assinged areas through out the city. If the big one hits our officers will make it to your house..rest assure. Or are you offering a piece of land that can be used by them?


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