Posted on: January 12, 2016

Winter 2015/2016 Flood Preparation Information

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Potential Areas of Flooding
In the past, flooding has mostly affected the southern area of Gilroy, streets south of Tenth Street and East of the Levee. In general, this area continues to be the most vulnerable to the flooding from Uvas Creek. The good news is that since the last flood of ‘86 a lot of work has been done to heighten the walls of the levee and create additional water chanels throughout Gilroy to prevent future flooding.   

Monitoring for Flood Waters 
Throughout the winter, Gilroy PD will be monitoring water levels at Luchessa Bridge. When water rises to a height of concern, the City of Gilroy will engage their flood action plan. Once water leaves the Uvas creek banks (south of Gilroy), there’s still approximately one hour before flood waters water reach the Luchessa and Monterey area. Local flooding is another matter! If we get a significant amount of rain in a short time, especially if the storm drain system is blocked or overwhelmed, intersections may be flooded and water could collect in low lying or poorly drained areas.

Flood Action Plan
The City of Gilroy has identified key locations for “city placed” sandbags and will be prepared to put those in place. The City will also be monitoring bridges throughout town for blockages and water back up. If waters reach a certain height of concern where flooding is projected to occur within 90 minutes, Gilroy Fire and PD will warn residents via a loudspeaker in the projected flood areas.

Staying Informed
Information will be accessible through the following channels: We will be posting information throughout the season to our City of Gilroy Facebook Page and Twitter Feed (@CityofGilroy).
In the event of an emergency situation, the City of Gilroy will post information to the Emergency Twitter Feed (@GilroyOES), 1610AM, CH17 and cityofgilroy.org. You can also follow the Santa Clara Valley Water District (SCVWD) (http://www.valleywater.org/) and the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services (SCCOES) for flood updates:      (https://www.sccgov.org/sites/oes/Pages/Office-of-Emergency-Services.aspx)

For those who live in areas of concern, sand and bags are available at the Chestnut Fire Station located at 7070 Chestnut Street. Please bring a shovel (none are provided), a person to help hold the bag open and a zip tie to close the bag. Click here for a flyer provided by the California Water Department for tips and tricks on sandbagging.

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