As the rainy season approaches, preparation is the best way to avoid potential flooding if major storms occur. Learn more about City storm preparedness, where sand bags are available, who to contact for storm related issues, determine if a Livermore location is in a floodplain, power outage safety tips, and what you can do to be storm ready. The State Water Board cautions all water users to remain mindful of the drought during the rainy season. Visit our Drought web page for mandatory water conservation measures.
City Storm Preparedness
Throughout the year, city staff proactively prunes trees that may pose a safety hazard, and clears storm drain inlets and pipes of sediment, leaves and trash that can impede water flow during storms.
During heavy rains, staff may use sand bags and small pumps as appropriate to protect structures from flooding. City staff are prepared to close streets, remove downed trees and limbs in the public right-of-way, place warning signs, pump water and stack sand bag where needed. The City is also working with the Army Corps of Engineers, California Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife and the Regional Water Quality Control Board to obtain permits to clear vegetation and debris out of creeks.
Are you Storm Ready?
While there is no way to be certain about the severity of this winter's storms, residents can be more prepared and participate in reducing flooding risks.
- Help reduce the risk of flooding on City roads, and put leaves and other yard debris in your green waste container. The City of Livermore provides a Leaf Pick-Up program which starts the week after Thanksgiving and ends by mid February. The leaves are picked up one day before the regularly scheduled street sweeping day. For instance, if the street is scheduled to be swept on Thursday, the leaves will be picked up on Wednesday. If the scheduled pick-up day is not sufficient, residents can also put the leaves in bags and call (925) 960-8020.
- Understand the risk specific to the City. Learn about the history of flooding in the City and other flood safety information specific to the City of Livermore in this City brochure.
- Is your property, child's school or other location in a floodplain? Determine if a property is located in an area subject to flooding. Check out the 2015 Livermore Floodplain map to learn more about your flood risk in Livermore.
- Get the facts about protecting your home with flood insurance in the City of Livermore and claims statistics by clicking here.
- Prepare your house to weather a storm. Check out the El Niño Checklist as a guide to getting your home and family ready.
Sand and bags are available
at the following locations (resident will need to bring a shovel):
- Maintenance Service Center -3500 Robertson Park Road
- Fire Station 6 - 4550 East Avenue
- Fire Station 8 - 5750 Scenic Avenue
During times of heavy winds, rain, or possible flooding, there is a potential for power outages in the area. To report a power outage, please call PG&E at 800-743-5002. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 911 immediately.
PG&E urges customers to stay safe during storms by remembering the following safety tips:
- Always treat low-hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Be aware that trees, pools of water, and other objects may be in contact with power lines.
- During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, holiday trees, and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
- Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines.
- If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.