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Cities look to install flood-warning system for creek

Original post made on Apr 2, 2013

Residents near the San Francisquito Creek received their latest wake-up call from the fickle creek on Dec. 23, when a heavy rain storm caused the creek to spill onto Highway 101 in East Palo Alto and nearly overflow the Pope-Chaucer Bridge in Palo Alto.

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Posted by Why-A-Grant?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Why are these three City governments looking for a grant for this new set of gauges--when there is clearly well over $200M in their combined General Funds?

Something is wrong here.

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 2, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Good. Let's hope all goes quickly and smoothly.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 2, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Thank you for reporting on this important news item.

I would like to know why you were able to report on the story about the rainbow flag on Monday evening at 11.30 and took until nearly 3.00 pm Tuesday to report on this?

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Posted by Charles
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 8:24 am

Measuring the rainfall in our watersheds coupled with modern computing and Internet techniques is a no-brainer. A several hour early flood warning is extremely valuable to our community.

I am relieved to see initiative being taken to make this happen before the next rainy season.

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Posted by In the flood zone
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 3, 2013 at 9:06 am

A better warning system is a nice-to-have. What's really urgent here is reducing the flood risk by replacing Chaucer and Newell bridges and moving forward as quickly as possible with all the flood control at 101 bridge and East Palo Alto.

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Posted by Mike Alexander
a resident of South of Midtown
on Apr 4, 2013 at 6:17 am

What useful thing could anyone do with this data? By the time conditions for flooding are detected upstream, it's too late for residents or utility crews to take meaningful preventive steps in low lying areas, other than evacuation. No person has ever been hurt by San Francisquito floods, so current evacuation methods appear to work. With new sensors, property damage from floods is unchanged. This proposal would put pricy lipstick on a pig.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 4, 2013 at 3:04 pm

HEY, I'll be your temporary flood warning system ... with just a few days of rain earlier this year the Chaucer street bridge backed up and jumped it's banks a little ...

SO ... why doesn't Palo Alto do something about that, instead of figuring out how to monitor something more snazzily since we have known was going to be a big expensive problem for over 10 years?

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