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Posted on: December 14, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Storm preparedness and sandbag locations


The National Weather Service is predicting a moderate to strong storm system will begin moving into the Bay Area beginning late Thursday morning, Dec. 15. Rain is expected to continue through Thursday evening with rainfall rates in excess of 0.75 inch per hour and strong gusts. Our area may experience rainfall rates that could overwhelm roadway drainage systems.

In preparation for moderate rain expected tomorrow, the City of Menlo Park maintains three sandbag stations for residents to pick up sandbags.

Sandbag station locations
Alma Street and Burgess Drive
Laurel Avenue and Pope Street
Fire Station 77 at 1467 Chilco St.

Filled sand bags are provided while supplies last, then sand and empty sand bags will be available. Please bring your own shovel. Additional information is located on the City’s website at

Residents are encouraged to be proactive and prepare their homes and their families for the storm:

  • Clear debris including leaves and vegetation from gutters and drains. 
  • Secure loose outdoor objects including decorations, patio furniture, etc. 
  • Motorists are urged to slow down and drive with caution during and after heavy rains due to wet conditions, potential roadway flooding and possible debris in the road.
City staff, including Police and Public Works department personnel, will be monitoring the storm and available to respond to flooding and other weather-related emergencies.

Resources and contacts
Pacific Gas & Electric
If you smell natural gas, see downed powerlines, or suspect another emergency situation, leave the area immediately and then call 9-1-1 or PG&E at:
  • 24-hour Customer Service Line: 800-PGE-5000
  • 24-hour Power Outage Line: 800-PGE-5002
Report street flooding and obstructions 
Please report any street flooding or obstructions by calling the City at 650-330-6300.

Latest weather updates
For information on weather conditions, visit the National Weather Service webpage at

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