Are you ready for El Niño? Find out at a storm and flood preparedness meeting

by Contributed Content on December 14, 2015

Officials predict severe El Niño storm events and flooding this winter. Residents and businesses are invited to attend a community meeting on December 17 from 7:00 to 9:00 pm  to hear how the City of Menlo Park is planning ahead and to get tips to help your family and employees prepare as well. The meeting will take place at the City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel St.

The City’s storm and flooding preparedness webpage provides information on preparing for storms and flooding, sandbag locations open to residents to use in preparation for potential rain, and creek monitoring. Make sure you have a flood safety plan.

Be aware:

  • Know if your property is in the flood zone
  • Monitor flood prone areas
  • Learn how to turn off utilities (gas, water, etc); utility companies will need to turn them back on

Be prepared:

  • Keep emergency items in a high place
  • Store drinking water in clean, closed containers
  • Make emergency plans with family members

Be safe:

  • Do not drive across flooded roads
  • Stay away from and report downed utility lines
  • Be ready to evacuate if directed

Sandbag locations:

  • Pope Street at Laurel Avenue
  • Alma Street at Burgess Drive
  • 1467 Chilco Street

Stay informed:

  • Visit menlopark.org/storms
  • Follow on menlopark.org/socialmedia
  • Monitor radio sources: KCBS 740AM/106.9 FM or KZSU 90.1

Photo of San Francisquito Creek after a heavy rain in 2012 by Linda Hubbard (c) 2012

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