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City of Santa Cruz Prepares for January Storms

Post Date:01/05/2017


Jan. 5, 2017


Janice Bisgaard, Community Relations Specialist, (831) 420-5166

Paul Horvat, Emergency Services Manager, (831) 420-5239

SANTA CRUZ — With another severe storm event predicted this weekend, the City of Santa Cruz has completed many storm preparation projects and advises residents and business owners to prepare now for unusually heavy rain.

“The City is taking all measures to protect infrastructure from intense rain and possible flooding and we are helping to prepare our residents as well,” said Emergency Services Manager Paul Horvat. “We offer free sandbags and our detailed storm prep brochure can be downloaded from the City’s website.”

Free sandbags may be picked up by City of Santa Cruz residents and business owners at two locations:

  • Fire Administration Office, 230 Walnut Ave.

Monday–Thursday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m.

  • Corporation Yard, 1125 River St. Office 6A

Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–12 p.m., 1–4 p.m.

Free sand to fill the bags is provided at Harvey West Park, 326 Evergreen St. at the entrance to the parks yard opposite Evergreen Cemetery. Residents are advised to bring a shovel. Information on stacking and placing sandbags is available on the City’s website.

The City’s storm preparation brochure is available for download in both English and Spanish at The most critical preparation advice for homes and families includes:

  • Be prepared with a first aid kit, essential medicines and plenty of food and water.
  • Have a battery-operated portable radio, flashlights and spare batteries stored in a watertight plastic bag.
  • Keep your car fueled — if electric power is cut off, filling stations may not be able to operate.
  • Clear roof and rain gutters.
  • Collect leaves and debris from yard, driveway and nearby storm drains.
  • Secure garbage can lids.

For storm emergency situations, the City advises residents to call for help as follows:

  • Threat to life and property: 911
  • Street flooding: (831) 420-5530
  • American Red Cross (831) 462-2881

While the City’s storm water collection and pumping system has been prepared with inspections and cleaning of storm drains and catch basins and extra efforts focused on the areas prone to flooding, all residents are advised to prepare their personal property and family now for extreme rainfall.

The City’s website not only provides information on steps to take before the storm, but during and afterwards as well:





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