San Franciscans urged to prepare
for possible flooding
South of Market, Mission District, Excelsior, Outer
Sunset neighborhoods at risk
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
February 27, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - San Franciscans are being urged
to prepare for the possibility of floods this week as weather
forecasters predict continued rain through Sunday.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is issuing a "flood
risk alert" to encourage residents living in areas below
flood level to take steps to protect their homes and workplaces
from possible floods by positioning sandbags and reporting clogged
or blocked drains and storm basins right away.
"We can't afford to let our guard down," said Susan
Leal, SFPUC general manager. "We want to remind those in
flood-prone areas that heavy, sustained rains bring the threat
of flooding in low-lying areas and that everyone should take the
Neighborhoods particularly prone to flooding include South of
Market, the Mission District, Excelsior and the outer Sunset,
SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said.
Crews from the SFPUC will be on standby this week so that response
times to flood emergencies can be reduced.
In storm preparations completed earlier this year under the SFPUC's
$150 million "Wastewater Capital Improvement Program,"
several projects to improve flood-prone sections of the Mission
and Excelsior were completed, according to the utility.
Residents can call city authorities for help with weather-related
problems. For storm drain and catch basin cleaning, call (415)
695-2096, for flooding emergencies and sewer back ups call 911
or (415) 695-2096 and for sandbag pick-up, call the Department
of Public Works at (415) 28-CLEAN. The DPW sandbag pickup yard
is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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