Severe Storms

Severe storms can cause flooding to homes and streets and landslides in certain areas. Clear out storm drains before a storm.  Avoid lower elevation streets, drainage channels, and other areas that may flood. 

  • Prepare for storms by clearing storm water basins, using sandbags, and your finding flash lights and extra batteries. Pick up sandbags from SF Department of Public Works or a local hardware store.
  • If you home/office is prone to flooding, and time permits, move valuable possessions to the upper floors of your home. 
  • Avoid walking through standing water, even ankle deep.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
  • Stay clear of water that is in contact with downed power lines.

If advised by your local utility, shut off gas service as well.  
Department of Public Works: call or got to 3-1-1 or sfdpw.org
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