By Robert Haugh
City crews have cleared drainage inlets throughout the City to prevent localized flooding.
The City recommends residents keep the gutter in front of homes clear of debris.
If you need sandbags, you can pick them up at the Corporation Yard at 1700 Walsh Ave. The limit is 10 bags per residence.
For more information, visit SantaClaraCA.gov/WinterWeather.
To learn how to make an emergency plan, assess your risk, obtain flood insurance and download disaster apps, visit www.valleywater.org/floodready.
If your power does go out, if you see a downed power line, or have an interruption of your regular service, contact Silicon Valley Power 24 hours a day by calling 408-615-5640.
I wish there was a more explicit warning for areas where flooding might occur. For example the city of San Jose has provided street names. It’s not as though the city of Santa Clara doesn’t know where flooding, if any, is likely. The City has this information. But. Anyone interested can at least look at this document from 2015, which is a report on city drainage systems. Among other maps, in the report there is a map of FEMA flood zones – and much more. Generally, the areas closer to the Bay are more likely to flood – although FEMA also includes a long area along San Tomas Expressway and a much shorter area along a part of Lawrence Expressway (see page 1-5): https://www.santaclaraca.gov/home/showpublisheddocument?id=61236