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Palo Alto storm watch: Track the impact of the Jan. 4 atmospheric river event

Original post made on Jan 5, 2023

Get the latest information on road closures, flooding and other hazards and alerts in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 7:01 PM

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2023 at 6:16 am

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Thanks for doing this, it is good to have it well listed.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Jan 5, 2023 at 7:52 am

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Went out last night to take my empty sandbags to the Newell Street sandbox. It was wind-whipped already. It reminded me of Texas during a not-quite tornado. Enough wind to beat up the trees, but not enough to lift a house and carry it to Oz. So on my way back I did a little sight seeing. Which was idiotic. Road debris everywhere, branches chunking at my windshield. I do know better than this but it is pretty rare here. I would have taken some pics but heard a THUNK noise coming from the left rear end. I was sure whatever it was, was impaled because it scraaaaaaaaped all the way to the nearest parking lot, and i was going about 5 MPH.

Luckily I did find my plastic pants and had them on, but was still grateful to have dry surface and lit surroundings to assess the damage. Apparently I grew a new kickstand, and it was permanently down. A tree branch had wedged itself between the coils on the strut and the pavement. Because I am so smart (not), I left all my go bag stuff at home, not anticipating needing any tools like a saw. I think I will write a short story about this. "A Storm, A Tree, and a Swiss Army Knife." I guess this is why they said don't go out unless necessary.

It's nice to have all of the storm related relief and information on one page like this article. Though none of them fit my particular calamity, I'm sure it worked for many. Staying home is the best plan.

Posted by Neva
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 5, 2023 at 9:26 am

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Thank you so much for the above information on flooding, wires down, road closures, power outages, etc.

Another idea would be, a few days before an emergency, or even one day before, tell people to get gas, extra food and batteries in case we are stuck in our houses for a few days. Thank you.

Posted by Jerry
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 5, 2023 at 1:28 pm

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Kudos to the Weekly for all the useful pointers. I noticed that The Dirpy Post didn't have nearly as much actionable information.

If Palo Alto is going to mandate electricity only in new construction, are they also going to subsidize the purchase of backup generators for homeowners? Jes sayin...

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 5, 2023 at 5:34 pm

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FYI 2pm today: Went to BofA w my low wage under $1000.00 work check to deposit & get $100.00 cash back 4 needed food & water 4 me & my underage kids.

Again. BofA at ECR at Palo Alto Square not serving customers at windows & was directed 2 downtown branch on Lytton & had 2 detour because of Northbound University at ECR closed (now apparently open). Long line with many elderly, disabled, other language speakers, account holders waiting .

1 teller working. When finally got up a teller, was informed my check would be held for up to three biz days.

I informed them I needed cash back 2 pay rent or would get a 3 day eviction notice 2day , had to fill my car w gas & get supplies for next ten day rain As Governor has declared a State Weather Emergency.

Instead of helping me or being kind (I have had an account at this branch for 10 years) the teller manager abused his position & made it painfully aware 2 myself & others in line he making a massive exception to help. Yet made me wait 30 minutes then informed me he had to hold the check.

I begged him that I needed the small cash 2 prepare & safeguard my kids . He, after many more excruciating minutes demanded my SS# (he had my check and DL in their possession & behind the glass window) & reiterating verbally to me, 3 times he was making an huge exception & 4 me to never ask the bank again.

Even informing me I would have to go Wells Fargo next , the bank issuer if I wanted to get my hard earned money.

He got the transaction wrong and gave me the total of the check instead of the little cash I needed.

From the time I walked into Palo Alto Square branch and Lytton street branch it took an entire 70 minutes to get cash in hand.

This was egregious, and an absolute disgrace 2 human kind.

I was also informed by another teller that Pacifica satellite branch yesterday forced farm working account holders 2 walk HWY1 because the smaller branch was closed to window service.

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jan 5, 2023 at 5:46 pm

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 6, 2023 at 11:43 am

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Thank you for more details of the evacuation, that must have been quite an ordeal. How many homes were involved and how many hours were they out of their homes?

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