Storm preparedness and sandbag locations in Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard on December 15, 2016

The National Weather Service is predicting a moderate to strong storm system will begin moving into the Bay Area beginning late this morning (Dec. 15). Rain is expected to continue through Thursday evening with rainfall rates in excess of 0.75 inch per hour and strong wind gusts.

Our area may experience rainfall rates that could overwhelm roadway drainage systems.

The City of Menlo Park maintains three sandbag stations for residents to pick up sandbags.
– Alma Street and Burgess Drive
– Laurel Avenue and Pope Street
– Fire Station 77 at 1467 Chilco St.

Filled sand bags are provided while supplies last, then sand and empty sand bags will be available. Please bring your own shovel. Additional information is located on the City’s website at

Residents are encouraged to be proactive and prepare their homes and their families for the storm:
– Clear debris including leaves and vegetation from gutters and drains.
– Secure loose outdoor objects including decorations, patio furniture, etc.

Motorists are urged to slow down and drive with caution during and after heavy rains due to wet conditions, potential roadway flooding and possible debris in the road.

City staff, including Police and Public Works department personnel, will be monitoring the storm and available to respond to flooding and other weather-related emergencies.

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