The National Weather Service is predicting a significant amount of rain and heavy winds for Santa Clara County starting this afternoon, Wednesday, January 16th through early Thursday, January 17th. A flash flood watch will be in effect from 3:00 PM Wednesday through 3:00 AM Thursday morning. A wind advisory will also be in effect, with winds anticipated to be 40 - 50 mph at lower elevations. Take time, now, to be prepared.
Clear Debris from Grates and Drains
City Street Maintenance Teams are not able to clear all grates and drains of clogging debris on a daily basis. If you are aware of grates or drains in your neighborhood that have clogging debris please help out the effort by clearing the debris away.
If you are concerned about flooding near your home or business, sand and sandbags are available outside the gate of the Gilroy Corporation Yard at 613 Old Gilroy Street. Residents are advised to bring their own shovels and a friend to assist.
Have Flashlights Ready
Have a flashlight ready in case the power goes out. Storms are often accompanied by high winds and can cause unexpected power outages. Please report all downed trees blocking streets or sidewalks to 408-846-0350.
Turn Around, Don't Drown!
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Residents are advised to stay clear of waterways, including Silva's Crossing at Christmas Hill Park as these areas can be extremely dangerous during and after storms.
Check Potential Flood Maps
(maps are located at www.CityofGilroy.org).
Please be aware that there is always the potential for localized flooding in all areas (not just the low lying areas). All residents should be watchful and aware of their surroundings and prepare for the incoming storms.
For more information on storm preparation tips and local stream conditions, please visit The Santa Clara Valley Water District website.
And for up to date information on weather conditions please visit the National Weather Service website.
Report flooding and downed trees at 408-846-0350.
Police, Fire, Public Works and Emergency Operations Staff are monitoring this situation closely. For information, or to report non-emergency concerns, residents are asked to call 408-846-0350.
Be safe and stay dry!