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Get Ready for Winter Storms in Sausalito

Post Date:12/06/2019 2:30 PM

Sausalito was hit by its first rainstorm of the season on November 26. The primary impacts were from flooding caused when storm drains became blocked by an accumulation of leaves and debris. Although Department of Public Works crews spent a significant amount time clearing storm drains in advance of the storm, blockages had to be removed on Gordon Street, San Carlos Avenue, Monte Mar Avenue, Main Street, Cazneau Avenue, and Crescent Avenue. 

With the rainy season now underway and a storm with high winds expected to begin on Friday, December 6, here are tips for preparing for and responding to winter storms:

Before a Storm
  • Check your property for clogged drains, gutters, and drainage pipes 
  • Check your roof downspouts to make sure that storm water is directed away from foundations
  • Deploy sandbags to deflect runoff from areas of your property that have been prone to flooding
  • Help prevent storm drain blockages by clearing leaves and other debris from street gutters
  • Check to see if storm drain inlets on the street and near your property are clear of leaves and debris
  • Develop an emergency plan with your family and practice it
  • Create a go bag in case you need to evacuate on short notice
  • Sign up for Alert Marin to receive emergency alerts by cellular phone call, text message, or email
During a Storm
  • Call 9-1-1 if you come across a downed tree or live wires; do not attempt to move any wires from the roadway or your property
  • Remove accumulated leaves or debris from storm drains on your street if you can do so safely
  • Report blocked storm drains to the Department of Public Works via online form or by calling (415) 289-4106
Public Works maintains two locations where residents can fill sandbags. The City provides shovels and bags, but residents are required to fill their own bags. Sand and bags can be found at the Corporation Yard at 530 Nevada Street between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The entry gate is on Tomales Street. Sand and bags are also available at all hours across from the gym in the MLK parking lot. Access to the lot is from Coloma Street.

If you see significant runoff on a slope that is not typically used for drainage, it could be due to a blockage or diversion of water from its regular course somewhere upstream. Please report these instances to Public Works via online form or by calling (415) 289-4106. If you feel that the situation constitutes an emergency, please call 9-1-1.

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