Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best this long weekend. The good news is that winter-like storms have finally arrived and we desperately need the rains. The bad news is that Oakland’s city services are effectively closed through next Monday – and we may need help responding to Mother Nature’s wrath.
Montclarions know that torrential rains can translate into downed trees, mudslides, floods and general mayhem. We’re already hearing about backed-up storm drains around town, and the weather’s supposed to get more severe tomorrow.
Each year, there seems to be a calamity or two around here. Most recent messes include the Skyline slide, which blocked the ridge line and took months to fix; and the Shepherd Canyon sinkholes, which caused severe flooding from culverts that needed replacement.
Yesterday there were no grand-scale problems, but many neighbors reported storm drain blockages around the Village. We think the biggest problem was street flooding near Taurus/Valley View, in the Merriewood area.
It’s a busy time for Oakland Public Works, although the department is now closed. Locals are advised to call 510-615-5566 to report problems, and calls will be picked up by the Fire Department dispatch. If the problem is considered an emergency, Public Works will send a crew to the scene.
Montclarion Barry Klezmer sought help for a storm drain yesterday. “Our area does not have gutters or sidewalks,” he explained. “The storm drain that is backed-up to the street level was to due the recent excessive rain that triggered a flow of mud and tree/leaf debris.” City workers are scheduled to arrive next Tuesday.
Over the long weekend, Public Works simply can’t handle non-emergency storm drainage or tree matters. It seems like you are on your own, so please check nearby drains and try to clear out debris. You can also pick up free sandbags as well, at your nearby Fire Station.
With the additional stormy weather ahead, we’re wondering whether these minor problems will turn into emergencies. We’re also wondering if there are enough emergency crews available now. Just keep those fingers crossed this time.