City Prepared for Predicted Storms

City of Fresno staff are actively monitoring the approaching series of storms and preparing for possible impacts. The National Weather Service is forecasting storms beginning Friday and continuing through Wednesday, which could cumulatively produce 1-3 inches of rainfall in the San Joaquin Valley.

The City’s Streets Maintenance Division is on standby to clear debris from roads and storm drains. The public is encouraged to report clogged storm drains, fallen tree limbs in roadways and other hazards by calling 621-CITY. City crews are on stand-by 24 hours a day to respond.

“Our storm drain system is designed to effectively handle the amount of rainfall expected from these storms,” said Patrick Wiemiller, Director of Public Works. “We count on the public to help us keep the system operating at peak capacity and to minimize the possibility of flooding by reporting storm drains that are blocked or appear to be backed up.”

Residents and businesses are also being reminded to switch sprinkler timers and landscape irrigation systems to the “rain mode” or turn them off until the storms have completely passed. Taking this step will conserve water and reduce the amount of additional runoff flowing into storm drains. Cleaning out rain gutters and checking downspouts is another way to protect homes and businesses from potential flooding.

Storms may also lead to power outages in the City. Residents are encouraged to keep flashlights and non-perishable food on hand. Power outages may also affect traffic signals. Drivers should treat non-functioning signals or signals flashing red as “all-way” stops and proceed with extreme caution through affected intersections. The public may report non-functioning or flashing traffic signals by calling 621-CITY (2489).