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Update on Storm Projects as Rainy Season Returns

Update on Storm Projects as Rainy Season Returns

The rainy season is here again. The National Weather Service (NWS) is forecasting a 70 percent chance of rain after 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Rainfall totals are expected to be between a quarter and a half inch of rain, with a 30 percent chance of showers on Thursday.

As with any rain event, the Palo Alto Public Works Department will be closely monitoring conditions. You can stay up to date on the local Palo Alto forecast from the National Weather Service here.

The City has sandbag stations set up at both Rinconada Park and Mitchell Park. Filled sandbags remain available while supplies last.

West Bayshore Road at San Francisquito Creek

The West Bayshore Road creek level sensor remains non-operational until Caltrans completes structural work related to the bridge railing. Once this work is completed, the City's engineering team will have a contractor install the new creek sensor. A temporary camera has been installed to allow the community to view creek levels. You can view the West Bayshore Road Creek Camera here

The JPA Creek Monitoring system remains operational during this time. You can monitor Palo Alto’s Creek levels here.

Other Creek Capital Improvement Projects

  • Matadero Road Storm Water Pump Station is currently undergoing replacement construction with a completion date of June 2018.

  • Downstream of Highway 101 improvements at the intersection of creek bend near Baylands Athletic Center parking lot/Geng Road. This is a Santa Clara Valley Water District project that is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2018.

Report Problems

Blocked storm drains, slides and fallen trees, call the Public Works after hours line:

(650) 329-2413

Power Outages/Electrical Problems

Call Palo Alto Electrical Operations:
(650) 496-6914

The City encourages residents to stay aware of local conditions and to access updated information on creek levels, weather forecasts and more at

Last Updated: January 17, 2018