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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.
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.
In 2014, the addition of new stream gauges to Zone 7's stream gauging network also facilitated real-time flow reporting for the public via the Storm Central website. To view it, go to: https://stormcentral.waterlog.com/public/Zone7.
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.
Sand and bags are available at the following locations (Residents need to bring a shovel):
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: