Dozens return home after water recedes following EPA flooding
Original post made on Dec 24, 2012
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on Dec 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm
I don't think it jumped the banks at W. Bayshore. We were able to drive back & forth along that stretch of road all evening. There was a badly flooded area at the 101/Embarcadero West exit that closed the road & there was the flooding on 101. We thought it had to do w/drainage of the creek & storm drains perhaps. It did jump the banks in front of The Four Seasons & that stretch of Woodland flooded, but w/in a coule hours it was gone, leaving only mud.
A friend doing emergency services work last night told us that there was a mandatory evac in The Gardens neighborhood on the east side last night, in addition to the voluntary evac.
We were able to tell that there wouldn't be flooding requiring evacuation in our area lady night, as long as the creek walls remained solid. The water rose very quickly during low tide. A waxing moon & high tide combo at that time would've made it all worse.
The scary parts about yesterday: no sandbags available in EPA, not a cop or fire rep or city council person or county rep in sight. We are utterly disgusted by the lack of care.
on Dec 24, 2012 at 4:48 pm
About 20 volunteers from Menlo Park were filling sandbags in East Palo Alto all afternoon today. A unit from the Conservation Corps is there now continuing the work. No one from East Palo Alto was helping out, but I am sure they were busy, given that it's Christmas eve. So there is no "lack of care" though it would be nice if the residents pitched in too instead of depending on the generosity of others.
on Dec 24, 2012 at 5:36 pm
Of course there is "lack of care"- that is why I wrote my post. Sandbags today = too little, too late for what was needed yesterday. I've volunteered numerous times in EPA filling sandbags. It's not your job, nor mine - we volunteer. It's not your fault my city was so ill-prepared yesterday that there was no sand available to us. We checked several times for sandbags yesterday, to no avail. There were no updates on city or county websites or the FB pages - inexcusable.
Fwiw, please keep in mind that it's likely no EPA volunteers today was largely due in part to no Internet access. My neighbors literally had no idea there is an online creek monitor, alert system or email list that can help. I tried explaining, in Spanish & English, to a bunch of neighbors last night about online resources re floods & they had no idea. Some of them read the postal mailings from the police re sandbags, but that's no help when there are none when needed.
It's also likely that the EPA residents not working today w/Internet access didn't get an email asking for help in time. Since it's Christmas Eve, many aren't online, but are engaged in family &/or church activities.