Wednesday, December 12, 2007

We've Prepared for the Storms

Suisun City Public Works crews worked since mid-October to prepare the community for winter’s worst, including:
  • Inspecting and cleaning all 1,264 storm water inlets across the City, including flushing storm water piping to maximize capacity.
  • Servicing all pumps and other emergency equipment to ensure it’s ready for use.
  • Filling 300 sandbags and storing them at the City Corporation Yard. These are ready to be moved to any location in the City at risk for localized flooding.
  • Staging sand and bags for public use in the parking lot behind the Police Department. These are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for any resident needing to prepare their property. Here's a map.
  • Clearing out McCoy Creek and major storm canals.
  • Cleaning and preparing storm ditches that presented challenges last year, such as the one along Old Railroad Avenue. Additional rock was added to some ditches to further secure their banks during peak flows.
  • Increased attention to leaf removal from City streets.


Before rain starts:

  • Collect and properly dispose of heavy leaf falls on your property. Use your green waste toter to dispose of as many leaves as possible. You also may want to consider starting a backyard compost system.
  • Inspect the roof gutters on your home and other drainage systems on your property. Remove any collected debris and make necessary repairs.
  • Report any storm drains that appear to be blocked or otherwise impaired. You may contact the Public Works Operations Division from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 707-421-7349 or 707-421-7209.
  • If your property is prone to flooding, stock plastic sheeting and sandbags to protect your home against water intrusion.

After the rain starts:

  • Stay away from flood control channels. Rushing water is extremely dangerous.
  • Patrol your property looking for any blockages in gutters or drain systems. Remove debris as necessary.
  • Remove leaves collected in street gutters.
  • Don’t engage in any corrective actions that pose a risk to your health or safety. Call for help! You may contact the Public Works Operations Division from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at 707-421-7349 or 707-421-7209. After hours, contact Police and Fire Dispatch at 707-421-7373.
  • Drive slowly and carefully.
  • KUIC 95.3 FM is the main station carrying Solano County emergency notices.
  • Check for the latest information.

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