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Prepare your house
Atherton house 

Make sure your house is ready to weather the storms:


Roof: Check for leaks, loose or missing shingles, gaps in the flashing around chimneys, holes and other damage. Hire a roofing contractor as needed to make repairs.

Gutters and Drains: Make sure gutters are clear of leaves and other debris. Gutters should be connected to downspouts that guide water away from the foundation. Visually inspect retaining wall drains to make sure they are clear of obstructions.

Yard: Consult an arborist to evaluate trees and remove limbs as necessary before the storms. If there are large bare areas that could cause mudflows during a storm, consider putting down plastic sheeting and securing them with sandbags. Secure outdoor furniture and other loose items from causing damage during periods of heavy winds.

Slopes and Retaining Walls: Visually inspect for erosion, slumping and cracks. If there are signs of slope movement, have the site inspected by a geotechnical engineer.

Storm Drains: Check nearby storm drains for debris and other obstructions. Call the Town Public Works Department at (650) 752-0541 for drain maintenance if necessary.

 Sandbags  Sandbags

You can reduce the amount of water entering your home by placing sandbags in key locations. Place sandbags over floor drains (including shower and bath), and in front of doorways, roller doors and vents. For maximum effectiveness, stagger the sandbags in an overlapping pattern like brickwork. You do not necessarily want to place a sandbag wall around your whole house. Before you place them, consider how you would remove floodwater if it got trapped between the sandbag and your building (e.g., pump, siphon, bailing bucket).

Residents can receive up to 10 filled or empty sand bags, free of charge courtesy of our Public Works Department. Prior to a storm (generally 48 hours before rainfall) and during regular business hours, sand bags are available to residents, with proof of residency, on a first-come, first-served basis. Sand bags can be picked up at the Public Works Department at 99 Station Lane. 

Call (650) 752-0541 for information on sand bag distribution availability, days and hours.