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Posted on: February 2, 2024

Santa Rosa is Rain-Ready: Sandbags, Crews, and Preparedness

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The rainy season is here, and the City of Santa Rosa is prepared to mitigate the impacts of heavy rainfall and winter storms. From sandbags to swift water rescue teams, the City has a plan to keep residents safe through wet weather. 

Sandbags are an important part of rain-ready preparedness. Strategically placed sandbags act as a frontline defense in controlling rain runoff and preventing potential flooding hazards. Sand and bags are available free to residents at the City Municipal Services Center North located at 55 Stony Point Road in Santa Rosa. The yard is open 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, throughout the rainy season. 

Additionally, the Public Works Department has a dedicated two-person crew that works tirelessly year-round to clean silt, trash, and other pollutants deposited in catch basins and storm drains. Employing a large vacuum truck, this team manages to remove an impressive 250 cubic yards of debris annually from the storm drain system. Considering Santa Rosa's extensive storm drain network, consisting of over 320 miles of underground pipes and approximately 17,000 structures, this ongoing maintenance is critical for preventing clogs and ensuring smooth water flow during heavy rains. Residents can do their part in keeping the storm drains cleared by removing leaves from the roadway and depositing them in the green bin where they can be composted. If you see any storm or flood-related issues, residents are encouraged to use the MySantaRosa app to connect with City of Santa Rosa staff to report problems in the community. 

Park Maintenance crews also to help to mitigate rain impacts related to our City parks and adjacent roadside drainage by gathering and clearing leaves from the parking lots, curbs, and drain inlets. Crews monitor creeks and roadside drainage to keep the water channels clear of debris and flowing freely to the designed outflow areas. During storm events the lake levels at Lake Ralphine, Fountaingrove Lake, and Frances Nielson Lake are monitored closely. Ahead of the rainy season, crews check the dam spillways, channels, and drains of these lakes and clear them of any vegetation.

Among the City's specialized teams is the Santa Rosa Fire Department's Swift Water Rescue Team. This highly trained group is equipped to handle emergencies in fast-moving and flood water. This year-round team is always prepared to respond to incidents in flooded areas or water-related accidents, ensuring the safety of residents and visitors. 

More rain is on the way this weekend. Rain will move into the North Bay Saturday morning and bring anywhere from 1 to 1 1/2 inches of rain. The storm should move through and exit the region, leaving Sunday, a clear and pleasant day. More information on the forecast is available online from the National Weather Service.  

While we enjoy the beneficial rain, it’s also important to be rain-ready all winter. Visit SRCity.org/RainReady for more winter preparedness information and tips. 

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