Preparing for Wet Weather: Stormwater Management and You!
By City Manager Rachelle Rickard
– September is coming to an end and we are already experiencing some strange weather here in Atascadero. From the record-breaking heat earlier this month to the rains this past weekend, we navigated the unpredictable weather as a community.
As Mother Nature reminds us that we never know what she may bring, now is a good time to talk about storm preparation. The Town of Atascadero includes Atascadero Creek, Graves Creek, and Boulder Creek, as well as portions of the Salinas River and, of course, our beloved Lake Atascadero. All of these bodies of water work with culverts and drains on private property to move runoff from our neighborhoods and driveways to our rivers and streams, ultimately discharging into Monterey Bay.
The City of Atascadero is responsible for the operation and management of the city’s stormwater system. Each year, staff diligently prepare for wet weather by clearing and cleaning public property drain inlets of leaves, sand, and other debris that could clog storm drains or inlet grates; storing sand and pre-filling sandbags; carry out regular sweeping of the streets of the city centre; prune tree branches in city parks; test equipment to eliminate localized flooding; inspect and monitor storm surge installations to ensure they are functioning properly; and coordinate community efforts to clean up our beautiful streams and rivers.
All residents of Atascadero should also be prepared for the rainy season and ensure that their property is protected from water damage, on-site flooding and that they do not accidentally create flooding problems for properties. neighbours.
Although the city can clean and maintain street drainage areas, it cannot work on private property. We can all take relatively simple but very important stormwater preparation measures, including: cleaning and checking the proper functioning of gutters and downspouts, leveling the yard and sloped landscaping away from the house to ensure a safe drainage, checking and cleaning all culverts or drain pipes under driveways or elsewhere on your property, clearing debris from ditches and waterways to ensure unimpeded flow, trimming trees that cling or rub against roofs , and inspect and prune low branches that overhang roads to allow clear passage for vehicles . Please note that after a long period of drought followed by heavy rainfall, many local trees, especially our many beautiful oaks, are extremely vulnerable to breakage and falling.
While gardening, try not to blow leaves or grass into streets, ditches, ponds or other waterways – debris will clog entrances and pipes and increase the risk of localized flooding. Remember: nothing but water can be discharged into a storm sewer, as anything that enters the storm sewer will end up in Monterey Bay.
Finally, it’s always important to be prepared for potential storm-related power outages by rechecking flashlight batteries, charging phones and necessary electronics, and making sure you have enough food. non-perishable and water at hand. If you notice unusual street flooding or other storm-related issues, please call Public Works during business hours at (805) 470-3148 or our Police Department non-emergency line at (805) 461-5051 .
As always, if you have any questions about this or any other City of Atascadero-related topic, please feel free to email me at [email protected]
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