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Storm Season Preparation

Post Date:12/05/2019 3:45 PM

Be a Storm Trooper! Do Your Part to Prevent Flooding

Do you want to prevent flooding in your neighborhood?

Preventing flooding is a shared responsibility.  The City of San José prepares for the storm season each year by inspecting, cleaning, and maintaining 32,200 storm drain inlets and 30 stormwater pump stations. The City’s Department of Transportation also conducts an annual storm preparedness meeting to educate staff about responding to storm events, but City preparation is only part of the puzzle. Here are 3 ways how you can help:


Prepare for leaf drop season! Residents and business owners have an important role preventing localized flooding by removing leaves and debris in front of their property, especially near storm drain inlets. Residents should gather leaves into piles that can be collected on their garbage hauling day.  Business owners should remove leaves in front of their businesses.


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GreenWaste crews collect leaves and debris in front of residential homes when they are placed in piles:

  • Less than 5 x 5 feet
  • Placed 1 foot from the curb
  • Placed 5 feet from cars and additional piles
  • Left out no more than 24 hours before your trash pickup day

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For more information regarding leaves/yard trimmings and collection days, please visit:


Pick up sandbags in advance of storms if you anticipate flooding may occur. Sandbags are available for pickup at no cost to residents at each of the City’s Service Yards and other sites around the County thanks to a partnership with Valley Water.

For additional sandbag distribution sites, please visit:


City staff are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to flooding concerns and other hazards such as downed trees or limbs, and other rain- or wind-related damage in the public right of way blocking sidewalks and streets. 

Report storm-related concerns immediately to the Department of Transportation’s 24-Hour Emergency Dispatch Center at (408) 794-1900.

Thank you for being a storm trooper and doing your part today to prevent flooding!

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