San Diego braces for severe storm, urges residents to take precautions

Rain floods the streets of San Diego. Photo via @CityofSanDiego Twitter

As a severe storm approaches, the San Diego stormwater service began placing temporary no-parking signs in low-lying or flood-risk areas on Monday, cleaning up areas with a history of flooding. ‘debris accumulation, sweeping streets to reduce trash and pollutants in waterways, and monitoring more than 46,000 storm drains throughout the city.

“The teams are working hard to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for the coming storm by proactively inspecting pump stations and protecting areas vulnerable to flooding,” said Kris McFadden, director of the water department. rainwater in the city. “We are asking the people of San Diego to ‘think blue’ and do their part to prevent precipitation from causing pollution to our local waterways and the ocean.

“Taking a few steps today will ensure that we have clean water and clean beaches for all of us tomorrow,” he said.

Depending on the city, residents can prepare for the rain and help reduce the risk of flooding near their homes and properties by taking a few simple steps:

  • Sweep up and pick up litter, leaves, grass clippings and other debris that collects around storm sewers and gutters near your home
  • Keep the lids tightly closed on garbage cans and recycling bins when placing them on the street for collection. Place each bin approximately two to three feet from the curb so as not to obstruct the flow of stormwater into the street
  • Proactively stop irrigation to save water and minimize runoff
  • Know the safest routes to and from your home or property in the event of a flood
  • Slow down and don’t drive, ride or walk in flood waters
  • Do not open or lift manhole covers in case of street flooding

Health officials advise the public not to swim or surf in ocean waters at and around storm sewers, streams and rivers after heavy rainfall due to possible increase in bacteria, chemicals, debris, waste and other risks to public health.

During the rains, several teams from the San Diego Storm Patrol will actively monitor areas of the city and respond to incidents, such as temporary flooding and downed trees or branches.

Residents can report events, such as flooding or downed trees, by using the Get It Done app or by calling 619-527-7500. If it is a life-threatening emergency, call 911.

Sandbags are also available in limited quantities and can be picked up at nine recreation centers centrally located in each city council district. Residents with ID showing proof of residency can receive up to 10 empty sandbags.

Since the sandbags are not pre-filled, the city has encouraged residents to also plan to purchase sand from local hardware stores, landscaping vendors, or anywhere sand can be purchased. Sandbags are available Monday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. at:

  • Standley Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive
  • Robb Athletic Field, 2525 Bacon Street
  • Golden Hill Recreation Center, 2600 Golf Course Drive
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 6401 Skyline Drive
  • Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive
  • North Clairemont Recreation Center, 4421 Bannock Ave.
  • Allied Gardens Recreation Center, 5155 Greenbrier Ave.
  • San Ysidro Community Activity Center, 179 Diza Road
  • City Heights Recreation Center, 4380 Landis Street.

City News Service contributed to this article.

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