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Palo Alto prepares for storms, potential outages

Original post made on Nov 29, 2012

The City of Palo Alto Utilities department has organized a 24-hour control center and stand-by crews to help residents weather the series of storms in the event of power outages, the department has announced.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 4:03 PM

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Posted by Cur Mudgeon
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Ha. No sandbags out at the airport as of a few days ago--definitely AFTER the November 15 posted date. Will check East Meadow . . .

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Posted by TotheCity
a resident of Barron Park
on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:53 pm

How hard to program a self-refresh function for the "online creek-monitor" page?

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Posted by senor blogger
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm



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Posted by herstory buff
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 29, 2012 at 3:48 pm

I have not seen the city workers clean out the storm drains in at least two years. After the 1998 floods, the city said they would never let the storm drains go unattended again. Yesterday, there were floods on Alma, floods on Oregon, floods in the parking lot of T and C and elsewhere. This after just one rain, not even a bad one at that.

This is an El Nino year, according to some meteorologists. Let us not have a repeat of 1998!

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Posted by Debra Katz
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 29, 2012 at 6:40 pm

A quick note re the comment above regarding computers not being available during a power outage. We emphasize our outage website because many people have smartphones and can access the info that way (in fact, we have a new mobile app---check that out now at

Also, many times people have computers at work or other places outside the area of an outage.

Debra Katz, Utilities Communications Manager

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Posted by not techie
a resident of Palo Verde
on Nov 29, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I believe that if you have a power surge on your wifi, it will work for several hours after an outage. When the power went out on Thanksgiving we were awoken by the constant beeping of our power surge and we still had internet on our laptops.

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Posted by bru
a resident of Crescent Park
on Nov 29, 2012 at 11:45 pm

bru is a registered user.

Good point about there being no internet when there's no power.

Palo Alto needs to get wireless infrastructure like Mtn. View that can be used in case of situations like this. This could really be important if people can report really quickly to a central location about there lines are down or water is rushing.

I hear we have fiber all over the city or at least is some places ... why can't those be split off to service WAP wireless access points throughout the city where each address is throttled down to some bare minimum so it can only be used for basic or emergency access?

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Posted by low tech
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 30, 2012 at 8:33 am

Can we please emphasize all of us - residents, businesses, garden contractors, school district, the city, city contracters cleaning up all the leaves blocking the gutters. Thanks. The water really blocks up in the gutters in some places we see.

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