Palo Alto Weekly

Spectrum - January 22, 2010

Editorial: Good job on storm preparations, updates

As rainstorms swept through the Midpeninsula, Palo Alto city officials and others in the region seemed to have prepared well, and generally kept information flowing to the public.

The biggest impacts included campus-wide loss of power to Stanford University for most of a day, other storm-related power outages here and there, traffic blockage by trees down along Skyline Boulevard and some accidents. Some wind-buffeted trees in rain-soaked ground at the city's golf course fell over.

But Communications Manager Linda Clerkson, working with various city departments, did timely and proactive updates on storm-related incidents or problems, sandbag availability and other updates that made it easier to convey to the public via www.PaloAltoOnline.com and neighborhood listserves.

All in all, the Peninsula so far has, luckily, escaped serious storm impacts — but good luck often follows good preparations.

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