Storm Preparedness

Storm Preparedness

Report Storm Related Issues

Report Flooding
(925) 960-8100
Monday to Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

(925) 960-8160
Holidays & Outside Business Hours

Report Downed Trees
(925) 960-8020 

Report Downed Power Lines & Power Outages
(800) 743-5002

Contact Police Dispatch
(925) 371-4987

As the rainy season approaches, preparation is the best way to avoid potential flooding if major storms occur. Learn more about City storm preparedness and what you can do to be storm ready.

City Storm Preparedness

Throughout the year, City of Livermore staff proactively prune trees that may pose a safety hazard, and clear storm drains of sediment, leaves, and trash that can block water flow during storms. 

During heavy rains, staff may use sand bags and small pumps 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 bags 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 HydroSphere website.

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 by putting leaves and other yard debris in your green organics cart or bin. 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. If the scheduled pick-up day is not sufficient, residents can also put the leaves in bags and call (925) 960-8020. 
  • Understand Livermore's flooding risk. Learn about the history of flooding in Livermore and other flood safety information specific to Livermore in this City brochure
  • Is your property or child's school located 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

Sand Bags

Sand and bags are available at the following locations. Remember to bring your own shovel.

  • Maintenance Service Center: 3500 Robertson Park Road
  • Fire Station 6: 4550 East Avenue 
  • Fire Station 8: 5750 Scenic Avenue

Pre-filled sandbags are also available at Zone 7 Water Agency, 100 North Canyons Parkway.

Power Outages

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, not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lamp shades, 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. 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.