Palo Alto braces for wet holiday week

City officials expect rain this week, followed by back-to-back storms starting Tuesday

A wet weekend followed by back-to-back storms could lead to flooding in some portions of Palo Alto next week, city officials warn.

Rich Mallonee, Palo Alto's interim Office of Emergency Services coordinator, said city and state officials throughout the area are preparing for rains and winds this weekend followed by storms that are expected to begin Tuesday and last through Christmas.

Mallonee said the city's main concern is water runoff from local creeks next week, particularly around the flood-prone San Francisquito Creek.

"Because of the rain we'll get this weekend, the ground will be saturated and we could get lots of runoff," Mallonee said. "If there are back-to-back storms, there's no way for the ground to absorb the water."

Mallonee said residents could pick up sandbags at Mitchell Park and at the Palo Alto Airport. He also urged residents to stay away from the creeks during the storms and to make sure the drains in front of their houses aren't clogged with leaves, branches and other debris.

Residents can monitor the water level in the San Francisquito Creek on the city's website, City of Palo Alto.

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Posted by midtown resident
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:27 pm

I want to thank the city street cleaning crew who did a great job on my street this morning. Our gutters are nice and clean all down the street.

Except for the area around my low IQ neighbor who forgot to move his cars on street cleaning day.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 17, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Maybe he doesn't know. It is surprising to some that so many do not know what day the street cleaners clean their streets.

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Posted by es
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 17, 2010 at 4:31 pm

Does anyone know when the creek monitor will be back on line? It is giving broken data all Friday afternoon.

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Posted by midtown resident
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 17, 2010 at 10:28 pm

Creek monitor seems to be working right now: Web Link

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