Heavy rain causing flooding in parts of Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard on December 31, 2022

Earlier this morning Scott Loftesness emailed photos of a very full Sharon Pond and more recently Dana Shields sent photos of an almost overflowing San Francisquito Creek near Chaucer, adding “the police are going door to door” to warn people.

Another problem area was the Atherton Channel. Menlo Park Police advises you to avoid Eastbound Marsh Rd/Haven Ave due to severe flooding. The roadway is shut down. Vehicles will be re-re-routed onto Independence Dr.

Yes, that was a lot of rain pounding the rooftops of Menlo Park overnight. As of a little 4:30 pm, InMenlo weather watcher Dennis Nugent recorded 2.64″ starting from midnight. He also updated yesterday’s number (12/30/22): .68″.

That brings the season-to-date to 14.89″, edging closer to the 2021/2022 rain year total of 15.91″. There’s supposed to be a break tomorrow but then rain returns off and on all next week.

At 10:40 am, the City of Menlo Park issued this alert:

San Francisquito Creek has reached flood monitoring stage and is continuing to rise. Monitor the creek levels online at menlopark.gov/creeklevels.

Flooding at Pope Chaucer bridge is likely. It is also possible at other sections of the creek.

Please avoid the creek area and take precautions to protect your property.

There are potential impacts to areas in the flood zone from the creek. Place sandbags if you have them by entrances to homes, raise valuables from low to higher places in your home, make sure your vehicle is ready in case you need to evacuate.

Sandbags are available at menlopark.gov/sandbags.

Sharon Pond photo by Scott Loftesness; creek photo by Dana Shields (c) 2022


Mitchell Johnson December 31, 2022 at 10:39 am

Thanks Linda and Dennis for the updates! I hope no one near the creek suffered damage. Happy New Year.

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Valerie Frederickson December 31, 2022 at 2:21 pm

Super helpful rain and flooding updates. I hope you get more photos and maybe some videos.

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Bart Sympsun January 05, 2023 at 11:28 pm

Is it safe to drive an amphibian vehicle on Menlo Park streets?

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Gaurav Suri January 06, 2023 at 10:55 am

Thank you for this update! What is your source for the season-to-date total? I have a rain gauge and as of this morning, have a season-to-date total of 12.7 inches. Please clarify!

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Linda Hubbard January 06, 2023 at 2:21 pm

Digital rain gauge. Rainfall does seem to vary throughout the City. We know folks who have recorded a bit more that our 18 or so inches.

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