There was no getting out of work early on Friday for Lathrop city crews who were busy batting down the hatches in preparation for what is being described as the “storm of the decade” – expected to pound Northern California for two days starting late this evening.
According to a press release issued by the City of Lathrop, Public Works crews routinely make sure that all debris and leaves are cleared from the storm water systems to make sure that they’re functioning properly prior to the rainy season. City pumps and pump stations are also checked to ensure that they’re functioning properly to handle drain water that is pumped back into the San Joaquin River.
Those systems, according to a Facebook post by Mayor Sonny Dhaliwal, were rechecked on Friday to make sure that they were able to handle the massive amount of water that is expected to fall from the warm storm that could raise snow levels in the Sierra Nevada up to nearly 9,000 feet and drench everything below with rain.
But despite the infrastructure being in place, localized flooding is still a real possibility for Lathrop residents who depending on where in the community they happen to live.
According to the release, the storm drain systems that serve the growing community vary depending on the given neighborhood – some being better able to handle heavy rains than others, leading to localized flooding in some parts of the community. The city asks that residents be patient as the system “catches up” with the storm water run-off, which can sometimes take hours. If the event that the system does not appear to be catching up, the city requests that resident contact the Public Works on-call number at 209.992.0028.
Sandbags are also being provided at a self-serve station located at 15775 Seventh Street (the city’s old corporation yard) between Thomsen Road and L Street. That particular location is open 24-hours for residents who may be experiencing localized flooding or worse or people who want to prevent their homes from being affected by the heavy rains.
If the need arises, the city will work with San Joaquin County to ensure residents are notified of vital information and by activating the Emergency Alert System and messages will be coordinated with local radio stations. The primary and backup EAS stations for Lathrop and the surrounding communities are KFBK radio in Sacramento broadcasting on 1530 AM and 92.5 FM and KSTN radio in Stockton broadcasting on 107.3 FM.
Current weather information and forecasts can be found on the National Weather Service website at www.weather.gov.
Sand bags available inManteca for
City of Manteca officials – concerned that the intensity of the downpour forecast for Sunday could temporarily overwhelm part of the municipal storm runoff system – have made free sandbags available.
Manteca residents may receive up to 10 sandbags per resident with proof of Manteca residency from G & L Irrigation and Farm Supply, 1990 E. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, 209.825.5959. They are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are closed Sunday.
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