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'Sandbag Saturday' will be washed out

Original post made on Jan 25, 2008

A plan to have volunteers fill sandbags on Saturday and give them to residents to protect their Palo Alto homes from creek flooding has been cancelled due to the forecast of rain.


Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, January 25, 2008, 9:42 AM

Comments (10)

Posted by Knee-Deep-In-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2008 at 10:24 am

> A plan to have volunteers fill sandbags on Saturday
> and give them to residents to protect their Palo Alto
> homes from creek flooding has been cancelled due
> to the forecast of rain.

Hmmm.. when it rains, there is a higher chance for the creek to flood than when it doesn't rain. When the creek floods, people need sandbags to help protect their property. Since there is a forecast of rain (after several days of rain), this might indicate that the need for sandbags might be higher on Saturday than not.

Yet .. since it is raining, the sandbag filling exercise is being called off.

Guess this is why folks say: "There is a right way, a wrong way, and a City way of doing things" ..


Posted by Karen White, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 25, 2008 at 11:04 am

This event would be better held in autumn, before the heavy rains begin.


Posted by Knee-Deep-In-It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2008 at 11:09 am

> Before the heavy rains begin

Palo Alto generally only gets about 15" of rain per year:

Web Link

Dec: 2.8"
Jan: 3.2"
Feb: 2.6"
Mar: 2.3"

There really aren't any "heavy rains" in this town.


Posted by Fireman, a resident of another community
on Jan 25, 2008 at 12:22 pm

Now remember. No Palo Alto Fire shirts,hats,jackets. No City cars. Nothing that says CITY of Palo Alto or Palo Alto Fire Department. To be worn,this is a order.

Your time is a donation,however if you do show up and work for the Fire Department you will get overtime. Just like the last time??


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jan 25, 2008 at 1:21 pm

Isn't this ironic? :-p


Posted by GSB, a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 25, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Joanna,

I was thinking the exact same thing!


Posted by Paul, a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 25, 2008 at 2:45 pm

Flash! The flood which was scheduled for this date has been canceled on account of rain.



Posted by Gene, a resident of Community Center
on Jan 25, 2008 at 8:51 pm

This city reminds me of an Abbott and Costello movie. Who's on first, who's on second? If this were not so typical of PA's mismanagement, it would be funny - but it isn't.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2008 at 10:16 am

Its Saturday morning. It isn't raining. Go figure!!


Posted by Bemused, a resident of another community
on Jan 27, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Everything in Palo Alto gets overdone. You canceled the sandbags because of rain, then you canceled the rain.


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