Creek monitors fail during recent storm

City investigating source of problems, making other site improvements

As Friday's rain brought Adobe Creek within inches of flooding, Palo Alto's creek monitor broke.

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Posted by The-Proof-Is-In-The-Pudding
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2008 at 11:13 am

> City staff drove out and were able to fix it, although they are
> not sure of its source so it could happen again, Loo and
> Perez said.

If one doesn't know what the problem actually is, how does one really "fix" something?

> He said he would also be interested in altering
> the promotional tone of the text.

That would be a good idea.

> City staff drove out

An eight-minute drive from downtown to the MSC, maybe less due to the lack of traffic during the storm.

> The city increased the size of the text of the site's left side,
> which provides addresses, phone numbers and other information.

The font size in the left column which starts with the city's longitude and latitude is still too small. It's large enough to be readable, but only barely.

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Posted by lives-next-to-adobe-creek
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 10, 2008 at 11:39 am

The other thing which would be really helpful when a creek is near overflowing is telling people *where* the creek is near overflowing. While it might have been close to overflowing somewhere along its length, near where I live, the concrete ditch that Adobe Creek runs through was only about halfway to full.

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Posted by Judy
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 10, 2008 at 12:56 pm

>Those visitors went to 57,000 pages within the site, up from 4,700 >pages the week before. Refreshing a page, such as reloading the >creek monitor, counts as a new page, Loo said.

Uh, guys -- that's because people can't FIND anything on the site and were despearately hunting hither and yon for the creek monitor. (!!)

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 10, 2008 at 1:51 pm

So was the emergency phone/text/email system put into operation for contacting those who lived in the vacinity of the creek? I thought that the idea was for the city to tell us of the dangers not for us to monitor what was going on through a hard to find website which may or may not be working.

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Posted by Fireman
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Lets see. The City screwed up. So the Citizens get screwed over. They fix the problem with a monitoring system that does not work? And for the most part is worthless.Why fix the problem when you just blow the citizens off with some BS story.. Always works in Palo Alto.

I think you know when your TV is floating down the street that the creek has ran over.. Think?
Or maybe keep an eye on the City Managers house. When people who look like Firefighters are at his house wearing fake noses and glasses getting overtime pay,while the rest of the Citizens are helpless.It has ran over its banks
That would be the Sandbags Scandel Monitor....

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Posted by Peg H.
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 11, 2008 at 4:54 pm

Doesn't the JPA play a role in making this right? The San Francisquito Creek needs an all-in-one agency that can take care of these matters.

For too long, we've heard only excuses coming from the JPA. They say will have to wait thirty years until real solutions can be implemented. It will be ready in 2038 until then it doesn't matter.

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Posted by Gunn parent
a resident of Gunn High School
on Jan 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm

I agree with the person living by Adobe Creek. *Where* did it almost overflow???

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