During heavy rains, the maintenance staff at the Department of Public Works is on full alert, circulating throughout the City to remove downed trees and limbs; clean storm drains; and remove leaves and debris, which can lead to flooding.
There are some safety tips that you can follow to be prepared in the event of a severe storm:
- Stay off the roadways if at all possible.
- If you must drive, stay in the center lane and do not proceed through standing bodies of water.
- Keep your car fueled. If electric power is cut off, gas stations may not be operable.
- Keep your cell phone charged. Have a car charger on hand.
- Check your emergency supplies (first aid kit, essential medicines, cash, food, water, non-electric can opener, portable radio, flashlights, and spare batteries) and ensure they are in air-tight bags and in handy locations.
- Clear debris from storm drains. Keep a rake on hand to clear debris that may clog storm drains during rain storms.
- Secure or remove items that can blow around.
- Keep garbage cans and cars at least one foot from the curb to avoid blocking storm water flows.
Public Works offers free sandbags to Dublin businesses and residents who feel their property is threatened by flooding. Sandbags can be picked up from the City of Dublin Corporation Yard, located at 5709 Scarlett Court. A self-serve, sandbag-filling station with sand, shovels, and bags is also available if the pre-filled sandbags are gone. The City requests that businesses and residents limit the number of sandbags taken to 10 or fewer. Alameda County Public Works Agency also makes sandbags available at their Maintenance and Operations Corporation Yard at 4825 Gleason Drive.
The following link provides information on how to properly fill and stack sandbags:
To report flooding or downed trees on public roads or public property, please contact Public Works at 925-833-6630. If you are calling after regular business hours, please call Dublin Police Services at 925-462-1212.
To help reduce the risk of flooding on City roads, we request that property owners keep leaves out of the street and gutters by disposing of them in your Green Waste containers. Drivers should be especially cautious during periods of rain. For the latest Bay Area road conditions, call 511, or visit the 511 San Francisco Bay website.
During times of heavy winds, rain, or possible flooding, there is a potential for power outages in the area. To report a power outage, please call PG&E at 800-743-5002. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 911 immediately.
PG&E urges customers to stay safe during storms by remembering the following safety tips:
- Always treat low-hanging and downed power lines as if they are energized and extremely dangerous. Keep yourself and others away from them. Be aware that trees, pools of water, and other objects that may be in contact with power lines.
- During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, please keep them away from drapes, lampshades, holiday trees, and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
- Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician in a well-ventilated area. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines.
- If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.