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December 10, 2014

Stormy weather

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

Apparently there is this huge storm that is coming in, so big that even the City of Alameda is getting in on the action and giving away sandbags to residents.   The City put out this press release on Tuesday and there have been alerts everywhere:

In anticipation of Wednesday and Thursday’s storm, the Public Works Department is providing sandbags to residents. Each household is able to pick up a total of five (5) sandbags and must provide proof of residency. The sandbags will be available today between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., and between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10, at the Maintenance Yard located at 1616 Fortmann Way.

To report flooding and downed tree limbs, please call 747-7900. After 6:00 p.m. and during weekends, please call 510-337-8340.

Probably good information to have in general, but the tree limb thing is important.

I feel a bit unprepared for this huge storm.  I feel like I should have sand bags, but am not sure where I would need to put them because I’m not sure which section of my house would be prone to flooding.   I did dig out our emergency lanterns yesterday in case of a power outage.  FYI, emergency lanterns really should be in easy-to-find location, since they are for “emergency” purposes.   And I cleared out some of our drains so that the water could flow through more easily, but that’s pretty much it for the “prep.”

Here’s a few storm related articles, and one on storm prep.



  1. having a dozen of those light sticks (break and glow) is really good idea. throw them in a drawer in the kitchen. retail which is at grade with sidewalks are at greater risk than houses in terms of sand bagging. 40 mph gusts. don’t leave loose stuff lying around in your yard..

    Comment by MI — December 10, 2014 @ 7:23 am

  2. Thanks for yard reminder. There’s a few things I need to secure.

    Comment by dave — December 10, 2014 @ 7:40 am

  3. A number of the houses in the Fernside tract slope down from the street. Experience shows that high tide combined with torrential rain equals garage, family room and backyard flooding as storm drains back up. We had a couple, three inches inside downstairs in the seventies. Go outside and look down the side of your pseudo-Spanish stucco toward your garage. If it isn’t higher than the street, you might want to sand bag that area and the back door, if there is no step down. For heaven’s sake, during the storm, don’t open those doors to see how it is doing. You’ll break what little seal you might have.

    Comment by Li_ — December 10, 2014 @ 7:43 am

  4. Low point near our house is the garage opening, so that’s where I’m putting our bags. Bayport owners should also keep an eye out on their back street drains just in case.

    Additionally, I want to thank the folks doing all the loading and logistics around the Maintenance yard. Getting the bags could have been a lot harder but they made it easy despite the crowd…

    Comment by davesteele — December 10, 2014 @ 9:10 am

  5. If anyone wants to see how high our tides are getting, drive to the sea plane lagoon at 1:43 pm today. The water will be about 15″ from the edge of the seaplane lagoon. a few sandbags and we’re good.

    Comment by John P. — December 10, 2014 @ 9:29 am

  6. A 6′ tide? What’s so special about that?

    Comment by Lavage10 — December 10, 2014 @ 10:12 am

  7. Judging by the leaf pile-up around the Storm Drains in the East End, street intersections around St. Philip Neri’s may be totally underwater by tomorrow. Father Joy has canceled AM Mass for tomorrow [Thursday], says he doesn’t want people unnecessarily driving in the rain.

    Comment by vigi — December 10, 2014 @ 10:28 am

  8. I’ve never once needed a sandbag in alameda to stop flooding water, so I guess I’m lucky but, if your house were prone to flooding”, what good would 5 sandbags do?

    Comment by AJ — December 10, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

  9. Here’s some sandbag information for those unfamiliar with how to use them.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — December 10, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

  10. I was at the yard December 9 @4pm which was pleasant for about five minutes until it got a little hairy as 20 people rushed in simultaneously creating a line that was disorganized and surprising the staff. It pointed out to me I’m not the only one nervous about four inches of rain in a 48 hour period. True – five bags aren’t much but (a) nicely secured the outside crawlspace door (b) helped me feel slightly prepared. A huge thanks to City staff for lugging bags to cars with a smile and good dose of patience.

    Comment by Sideline — December 10, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

  11. FYI – Alameda schools are cancelled for tomorrow:

    Comment by davesteele — December 10, 2014 @ 4:37 pm

  12. You are raising a generation of weaklings.

    Comment by jack — December 10, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

  13. #12–Did you grow up in the midwest and trudge uphill five miles both to and from school when there was a snow blizzard, icy streets, and an occasional snow drift? That weather builds backbone!

    Comment by A Neighbor — December 10, 2014 @ 6:14 pm

  14. No, I rode, behind my older brother, on a horse through blizzards that covered the telephone poles in Eastern Colorado when I was in the first grade

    Comment by jack — December 10, 2014 @ 6:30 pm

  15. Schools Out

    Comment by Schools Out — December 10, 2014 @ 6:35 pm

  16. That’ll never happen in Alameda. Political Correctness replaced resilience and perseverance in our schools.

    Comment by jack — December 10, 2014 @ 6:47 pm

  17. 16)

    Maybe replaced by Arrogant and Distance

    Now a word from AUSD News

    What does AnalyzeWords do?

    AnalyzeWords helps reveal your personality by looking at how you use words. It is based on good scientific research connecting word use to who people are.learn about their emotions, social styles, and the ways they think.

    Analysis of tweets from ausdnews

    (676 most recent words – 10th December, 2014)

    Emotional Style

    Upbeat (Low) 28
    Worried (Low) 24
    Angry (Very low) 17
    Depressed (Low) 38

    Social Style

    Plugged In (Low) 36
    Personable (Low) 33
    Arrogant/Distant (Very high) 93
    Spacy/Valley girl (Average) 59

    Thinking Style

    Analytic (Average) 51
    Sensory (Low) 23
    In-the-moment (Low) 40

    Comment by Schools Out — December 10, 2014 @ 6:49 pm

  18. 15. pretty cool, 17 interesting but needs more context

    Comment by MI — December 10, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

  19. We went to Lucky’s tonight and the parking lot was full and they were out of something’s….I guess everyone was stocking up.

    Comment by Jake — December 10, 2014 @ 7:50 pm

  20. Is “Schools Out” the same person as “Lets look at the whole picture” or is the combination of inability to use commas and random posting simply a coincidence?

    The weather wasn’t too bad this morning. I rode my bike and it was a bit windy but nothing too bad. I guess the real rain is a bit later on.

    Comment by BC — December 11, 2014 @ 8:11 am

  21. the stream or train of weather is moving across the bay in a diagonal from south west to north east and we’ve been at the southern edge, but as the whole cell migrates we should get more rain and wind as we have been for the last half hour or so. Doesn’t seem like we could be at two inches yet, but in places in Sonoma they’ve had 7 already. At 3 a.m. it still seemed quite here.

    Comment by MI — December 11, 2014 @ 8:34 am

  22. What a weak and useless group we and our society have become. This rain storm brings us rain and wind of what was considered normal for residents of the Bay Area over many of the last 50 years and longer.

    Our crazy incessant weather media blitzes have turned our youth and younger adults into absolute imbeciles. In past decades we always knew when it rained in the fall or winter here in the east bay we must be ready for downed trees, mud slides and flooding. Now we close our schools and frighten our populations to not venture out to experience the magic of a major storm.

    Today in the morning It was a magnificent out in the city of Alameda experiencing the water wind and rain. Of course one needs to be properly prepped and dressed….and use care and good risk judgements in this process. But certainly much more exciting and life giving than watching all the weather casters mostly nonsensical talking head reports.

    Tides were not a problem here only + 6 feet. Today. The King tides on 21, 22 December are only going to be +7 foot. It takes a king tide of +8 foot with strong southerly and large runoff from the delta and local streams to create interesting problems here in Alameda. Then it really gets interesting!

    Hope some of you got outside to enjoy this bit of reality.

    Comment by Tom — December 11, 2014 @ 5:11 pm

  23. We did, but rest assured that we stayed well away from your lawn.

    Comment by dave — December 11, 2014 @ 5:53 pm

  24. How would Tom and others be reacting if the storm had brought the worst weather that NOAA expected?

    I was out i walking in the rain yesterday in both Alameda and San Francisco. I saw plenty of examples of lousy bad-weather driving and and glad that at least *some* smart folks did not drive. There were plenty of the other kind:

    Comment by Jon Spangler — December 12, 2014 @ 8:59 am

  25. Unlike bike riders, who can almost ride on water…

    Comment by jack — December 12, 2014 @ 9:57 am

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