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News - September 24, 2010

Key city structures vulnerable in a disaster

Many are retrofitted but would not be 'operational' after a large earthquake or flood, city leaders warn

by Sue Dremann

When the 1998 flood hit Palo Alto, Public Works and Utilities departments' workers encountered a problem that could be potentially disastrous in a more serious crisis: East Bayshore Road was impassable to cars and workers couldn't get to the city's Municipal Services Center, where equipment, trucks, backhoes and emergency supplies are located, Debra Jacobs, public works project engineer, recalled.

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